19 April

We spent the day cleaning the space, organizing the inventory, and setting up the seating. Only three things remain on the punch list: installing the glass and shelves for the display case behind the bar, installing the bar surfaces along the ends of the work area, and installing the counter along the windows facing the street. The bar will have cypress inserts that match the trim running around the shop. Fredrik came over after the staff had left to experiment with a new stain for the wood: we're creating a staining paste from the spent Blackcat espresso pucks to impart a coffee patina to the cypress. The results were even better than we had hoped for. We'll stain the wood today and then hopefully it will be installed tomorrow, just in time for our Tuesday inspection.

Playlist for the Saturday workday:

Philip Glass; Satyagraha (the complete opera, start to finish...)
Charles Mingus, Live at the 5 Spot
Beastie Boys; Paul's Boutique (original demo tapes)
The Raveonettes; Lust, Lust, Lust
Thelonius Monk, Riverside Recordings Vol. 8
Thievery Corporation, Babylon Rewound