When I finally made the decision to quit my job as a landscape architect, a job a truly enjoyed, and enter into the coffee business which I knew little to nothing about ( I didn't even drink coffee at the time) it came with little hesitation. Why? Because I knew there were certain things in my life I wanted to achieve and being my own boss has always been at the top of that list. There was a lot of risk with this first company as they were just starting to expand themselves and I had a nice offer to run a larger landscape design firm in Newton on the table. But I was single with no real commitments or responsibilities which made it the perfect time to take a run at a dream. So I jumped in with both feet determination to succeed spending long days during my transition of employment from designer to coffee slinger.
The original plan was for me to run the cafe that was located in the same building where I was working, a small garden shop/nursery. But those plans quickly changed as we stumbled across an offer to take over an existing cafe in the heart of Boston, inside Faneuil Hall. The only way it would work was if I decided to make the daily commute from Marlboro to Boston every day. We closed the deal and the reality of running your own business hit me hard and fast. I was working 7 days a week getting up at 3:45 to be in Boston to bake and open the cafe then working until close leaving Boston at 9pm most nights with a 45 min commute home each night. This went on for several months until I felt comfortable enough with the staff in place to let them close out the money at the end of the night.
As the business grew so did my own personal goals and visions for the company. I wanted to expand the business and become a full partner as I was only currently a 1/3 partner in the retail division only, not the roasting aspect of the business. As talks continued about a potential full partnership I was moving forward with plans on opening a cafe in the North End with the help of an eager employee looking to become a business owner as well. Long story short, the partnership I was looking for never materialized but a new one was formed and Boston Common Coffee Co. was founded with our first location opening in December of 2004 on Salem Street in The North End.