My family, my friends, my pets and my coffee, not always in the same order, are literally the most important things to me. Some days I know all too well that I should always have a cup of coffee (or two) before ever even thinking of a conversation with any of the rest of those favorite things. My husband Dino and daughters Mary and Eleni are the center of my world (sadly only one takes after me and enjoys the all wonders that a cup of coffee has to offer the universe.) Together, along with my wonderful son in law Nick, successfully operate one of the oldest steak houses in St. Louis, The Tenderloin Room. I am very proud, inspired and in awe of them daily.
I am blessed with some of the most wonderful friends on.the.planet. I am happiest when I am surrounded by friends…old and new… which is one of the underlying reasons for my desire to open a coffee shop. A place where friends can gather and enjoy just being together for a while.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a family member as a best friend, or best friend as a family member, but I am. Tracy is my sister, my business partner (and partner in crime), my confidant…the Rachel to my Phoebe, the laces to my sneakers. She is always right, and I am left of center. She centers me and for that I am grateful beyond my wildest dreams.
My pets are the best. Your pets are the best. Our pets are unconditional love, and that is simply the best. I have been having a love affair with coffee for years. Similar to progressing from Boone’s Farm Tickle Pink to a beautiful full bodied Cabernet, my love for good coffee has matured as well. I love learning about all things coffee and I still have a lot of learning to do… what better way to learn than spending my days surrounded by friends and family in a welcoming environment like Espresso Yourself Coffee and Café!