Last-Minute Valentines Ideas?

Friday February 12, 2016

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Looking for last minute gift ideas for your Valentine? Katie Kaanapu, the director of community and retail marketing at Ward Village came up with a few options for you. Here are her notes on what she brought in:

Get artsy with Dave and Buster’s Canvas & Wine Date Night on Sunday, February 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 pm. This is a perfect romantic date or Valentine’s Day idea. Only at Ward Village can you spend quality time with your loved ones, create a masterpiece and enjoy a glass of vino.

Looking for a hands-on way to say “I love you” to that special someone? MORI by Art+Flea is offering Valentine’s Day stamped rings with Flotsam & Co. workshop. Attendees will get to personalize sterling silver rings, by stamping a heartfelt message inside. The workshop takes place on Sunday, February 14 from 12-3p.m. $90/couple or $50/person.

Perfect for chocolate and coffee aficionados alike, Brue Bar + The Wedding Café are teaming up to host a Coffee and Chocolate Pairing. Sample Manoa Chocolate made exclusively for Brue Bar. The event takes place February 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. for $15 a person. Email to reserve seats.

For those that are savvy and creative, Clay Café is hosting a pick-your-discount day on February 14. Come in to paint your own clay creations at discounted prices and enjoy beverages from the café.

Perfect for keiki and adults, Kaypee Soh is offering these adorable limited edition Soh Cuddly Bobanita Bears ranging from $55 - $65. Kaypee Soh will donate $5 from each purchase to Make-A-Wish Hawaii.

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You can also take a stroll through the Ward Village community and stop in at Merle Norman for a fun Valentine contest! If you think you have the most kissable lips on the island, this one is for you. Show off your kissable lips as part of Merle Norman’s Most Kissable Lips Contest, going on now through February 14. Judges will pick the winner for a chance to win free lipstick!

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Brue Bar Sets Up Shop at Ward Village

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Ward Village Blog
June 2015

Courtney Heim knows a thing or two about coffee. At 26 years old, she’s the owner of three (soon to be four) acclaimed Brue Bar cafés in Honolulu. With the espresso bar’s distinction of serving up some of the finest gourmet coffee in the city, it would be easy to expect Courtney to come across as some sort of coffee elitist. And while it’s clear she’s developed an appreciation and understanding of roasts, grinds, and pours, Courtney’s relationship with coffee goes beyond the complexities of taste and digs deeper into the social aspect of the beverage.

“The thing I really love about coffee,” she tells me, “is that it brings people together. It binds us through the highs and the lows of life. It’s what we gather over to tell stories. To talk about the good things and the bad. To me, that’s what makes it so special. It’s more than just the taste.”

Courtney’s appreciation for both the technical and social side of coffee is reflected in Brue Bar’s latest location in Ward Village. In a shared space with the Wedding Café in Ward Warehouse, Brue Bar has built out an aesthetic dripping an urban, San Francisco-style cool. The walls are sleek, yet warm and the aroma of espresso floats through the Kakaako air. Around us, patrons chitchat over fluffy cappuccino’s and doppio shots as dark as the night. “This is what it’s all about,” she says with a slight smile, her head taking in her bustling surroundings. “I love to watch people gathering over good coffee. While we only recently opened up this location in Ward in April in partnership with the Wedding Café, people have already been really receptive to what we’ve done here.”

Over the past 15 years, America’s thirst for gourmet coffee has expanded beyond just Starbucks, Courtney explains. There’s a demand like never before for small-batch artisanal roasts and progressive cafes and coffee enthusiasts like her are taking their coffee game to new heights. Each Brue Bar location features a hand-built Slayer espresso machine, largely considered to be among the finest machines available. “I first developed my taste for coffee while living in Seattle for college,” Courtney says. “I immersed myself and learned everything I could, working as a barista and studied the business side of owning a café as well. You can’t skimp on quality. We take a lot of pride in providing our customers with the best.”

In 2011, Courtney moved home to Honolulu and opened her first Brue Bar location Downtown. The success of the first cafe—which shares a space with her family’s business, HonBlue printing—sparked a desire to expand. In the past few years, she’s grown her line of Brue Bar cafes throughout the city. “I think there’s a lot of demand for what we’re doing. People appreciate that we take the extra steps and all of our baristas are very knowledgeable about the coffee we pour. We try and share our passion with our customers as well. Customer service and communication are paramount in what we do. There’s so much more to coffee than most of us realize. People really want to learn more coffee and we love educating them. That’s just one thing you’ll find at Brue Bar that you might not find at other cafes. So please stop by, try something new, and ask questions. We love it.

BrueBar is located within the Wedding Café at Ward Warehouse and is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

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Episode #12: Luke & Lauren @ The Wedding Cafe

Thursday June 11, 2015

Hawaii Business Podcast
June 11, 2015

Luke & Lauren are the third owners of The Wedding Cafe, the one stop shop for everything about weddings! In this episode we ask the tough questions; what is a wedding cafe and how do they make money, why you really should have a wedding coordinator, and what happens if the bride vomits during her special day?

They just recently renovated and reopened their shop in Ware Warehouse in April so come on by and have some Brue Bar coffee while you're down there.

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