Power of a Coffee Shop

True, there are many coffee shops. However, only some truly stand out. Bitty & Beau’s Charlotte is one such place- well actually, all Bitty & Beau’s are like that. The Bitty & Beau’s location in Charlotte recently won Best Coffee Shop in Charlotte and wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for family, friends, and corporate- the employees couldn’t do it alone (I do work there).

But, what is so special about Bitty & Beau’s? The place is “more than a cup of coffee”, and is “radically inclusive”. The place hires people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and shows that we are “not broken”. The coffee is amazing, and the place is welcoming. The one in Charlotte has only been open since October- just about 3 months. Love grows there in many ways.

Well if you live in a city that has a “Bitty & Beau’s”, please stop by.

I Need Your Votes NOW

Bitty & Beau’s, the Coffee Shop I work at, is competing for best Coffee Shop in Charlotte. We have made it to the finals, and need a LOT of votes. Voting is closed, and the good news is that Bitty & Beau’s won against tough competition.

For information on Bitty & Beau’s, click here.

To get to the voting, click here

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/charlottefive/c5-food-drink/article257061672.html

THANK YOU!

Friendship Love of Musicals

After romance, I believe friendship is the 2nd strongest love found in musicals. Meaning, it is the most common after it. There are various types of friendships- some are very powerful and strong. Some have started out as friendships and turned into romance.

The Friendships

  1. Young Nala and Young Simba
  2. Elphaba and Glinda
  3. The Rent Friends
  4. Newsies
  5. The Friends of the ABC
  6. Eponine and Marius
  7. Lumiere and Cogsworth
  8. The Annie Orphans
  9. Aladdin, Omar, Babkak, and Kassim
  10. Christine and Meg

My 2021 Reading Year

This year of books consisted of the genres of fantasy, mythology, classics, general fiction, and nonfiction. Part of the series I read belonged to rereads. In total, I read 44 books- consisting of easy and hard books.

The Books

  1. Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician’s Nephew
  7. The Last Battle
  8. Castle in the Air
  9. House of Many Ways
  10. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
  11. Harbor on the Starless Sea
  12. Song of Achilles
  13. Hard Times
  14. Peter Pan
  15. Little Paris Bookshop
  16. House in the Cerulean Sea
  17. To Kill a Mockingbird
  18. The Movie Musical
  19. The Lightning Thief
  20. The Sea of Monsters
  21. The Titan’s Curse
  22. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  23. The Last Olympian
  24. Circe
  25. The Lost Hero
  26. The Son of Neptune
  27. The Mark of Athena
  28. The House of Hades
  29. The Blood of Olympus
  30. The Last Bookshop in London
  31. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
  32. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
  33. The Day the World Came to Town
  34. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow
  35. Ella Enchanted
  36. The BFG
  37. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  38. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  39. Through the Looking Glass
  40. Man Who Invented Christmas
  41. A Christmas Carol
  42. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  43. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  44. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Conclusion

The reread series of this year belong to Narnia, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Harry Potter. I decided to reread Narnia because I wanted to refresh on the books that never made it to film. I wanted to reread PJ because I decided to read Heroes of Olympus- I knew rereading the original series would prepare me for HOO. As for HP, it had been a while—-so 2022 will basically start with Goblet of Fire.

Some of these books show the power of literature- Last Bookshop in London and Little Paris Bookshop

Favorite new series- Heroes of Olympus and Nevermoor; love them equally as much- they are two separate genres, and can’t wait to own the rest of the Nevermoor books

Well, I am not the biggest fan of nonfiction, but every once in a while find something I love. If you love Come From Away, you might enjoy “The Day the World Came to Town”, which is the story of that musical. If you love A Christmas Carol and/or Dickens, read “Man Who Invented Christmas”

The Joy of Christmas Parties

There are so many parts about the Holiday of Christmas that make the spirit shine. I have been to a couple of Christmas parties in my past- through Beta Club, Campus Civitan, and my Social Club. Those were the parties I experienced in high school and university—–I had almost forgotten how much I loved going to Christmas parties—–good thing December 9th reminded me of how much I loved them.

Bitty and Beau’s

Bitty and Beau’s coffee was where I was working since October 9th. We ended up having our first staff holiday party December 9th, exactly two months since the coffee shop opened in Charlotte. I decided to come wearing my Broadway Christmas shirt. Coming into the party, it was time to discover our elf name, and mine was Clever Buttons. Complete with dinner, dancing, and holiday necklaces. There was a mystery bag at the end of the counter- wonder what could be in there?

The dancing included one line dance song, the conga (which was done twice), and YMCA. Guess what the mystery bag was- everyone was given a number, and each number was randomly said, and we had to put our hand in there without looking and got whatever gift we got from the bag.