Our Story

January 2009


Our story begins in January of 2009 with the anticipated loss of a job in the corporate world.  Tina had done 100% travel before, and that wasn't something she wanted to resume.  Unfortunately, that is all her company had to offer.  So, having some idea that she wanted to do a scrapbooking store, Ken & Tina combined a vacation with a trip to CHA Winter in California.  (Little did they know that this would be their last joint vacation until August 2013!)  They rented a car and drove East toward Las Vegas.  They then toured the Las Vegas strip, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.  Ken likes to see more things by taking a different route back to the starting point, so they drove down to Sedona, Arizona.  All of the scenery was breath-takingly beautiful.  And to think that the Hoover Dam was built without the benefit of Computer Aided Design is quite remarkable.  They took about a week to do all of that, and then drove back to the LA area for CHA.

After their return, Ken started looking for places to lease.  And Tina kept on trying to find something that wasn't 100% travel.  By May or so, she had used up all of her job search time.  It was a sad day in some respects, but the results are hard to argue with.  Without this happening, Cafe Crop would not have been birthed.  Now, Ken & Tina have not had children, so they cannot know first hand the pain and joy of giving birth to a child.  But they do know what it means to give birth to a business!  And just as there is pain involved in giving birth to a child, they've had a fair amount of pain in giving birth to this business.

People don't dwell on the pain of childbirth, because that's temporary, and the joy of children make you forget.  And that's what has happened for the real life people behind Cafe Crop!  They don't deny that there's been pain, but the joy of loyal regular customers, and the memories make the pain fleeting.  So if the pain is fleeting, why so much talk of it?  Well, sometimes the pain lasts longer.  Sometimes the child you love is fighting for life against some disease.  The same can be said of a business.  This business.  In the face of a struggling economy, where disposable income isn't so disposable anymore, there were many who questioned the viability of a retail scrapbooking store.  Our customers helped prove them wrong. 

- Ken