Ever since I started reading Seth Godin’s blog, I’ve looked at companies differently, especially in how they market themselves. I wrote about how Starbucks gave out free coffees if you voted. Not a bad deal. Of course, when I went in there to get it, they were offering the smallest size for free. I asked if I could have a Venti (their largest) and the response was that they’d have to charge me for the smallest size and then give me the difference as my “free” coffee. The extra coffee costs, what, a couple pennies maybe?
Today, I went to Panera Bread to get a new coffee mug because Dona told me that you can refill it for free until January 1. It seemed too good to be true, but figured I’d stop in and ask. It’s true. A $6.99 mug gets you free refills until January 1. I asked if I had to stop at the counter and she said no, just go refill it. Do I have to buy something else? Nope. On top of that, $4 of the mug price goes to the Make-a-Wish foundation. Seriously. From free Wi-Fi to free coffee, Panera just gets it.
The first day of our Outer Banks Beach Vacation is underway. The day started off a little rough as we got rolling around 9:15 a.m. That would have been fine, but we were up until around 1:30 a.m. cleaning up from Judi’s Wedding. I was a little grumpy about getting up and rushing out the door, but I got over it once I got some Starbuck’s in me.
Around 5 p.m., we pulled into the Washington D.C. area. My brother-in-law Justin and Mother-in-Law (known as MomH around these parts) were game for a little detour through the city. Our destination?
|Ebenezer’s Coffee House|
Ebenezer’s is a coffee house operated by National Community Church near the capitol building in Washington, D.C. I first heard about it from Mark Batterson’s blog and thought it would be fun to go. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it. Mom C came through with the address, Daniel (on loan from Pastor Chuck) came through with the directions.
I figured it would be years before I got to go there. It was fun to stop in and see the place. I had an Iced Black and White, a mocha with half white chocolate, half dark. Yummy! I also picked up a copy of In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day. I’m looking forward to reading it on the beach this week.