Local Lunch Thursdays

For those of you who listen to KUEC regularly, you’ll notice we’ve become more and more involved in the local food scene here. There are serveral local businesses – Lily Den Farm and Abielicious Bakery[1] in particular – that produce foods superior to what we can get in the grocery store for a reasonable cost.

So, when one of our favorite coffee shops closed last week, we decided that we needed to do more than just talk about how awesome the scene is. We’re making the effort, once a week, to eat lunch at a local establishment and follow that by working[2] from another. Maybe we can help keep smaller businesses going with our dollars – the small, local, cool guys are hurting just as bad as everyone else in this economy (maybe worse), and if we don’t get out and spend money with them, our local scene won’t be around anymore.[3]

So, last Tuesday we had lunch at Angelina’s Kitchen and then went to work in the coffee shop at Davenport & Winkleperry.[4] And that was VERY cool – I was doing my server work, watching the iPhone news, and drinking great coffee. [5]

This week, after looking at the schedules and such, we’ve decided the best day for local lunches moving forward is Thursday, and are planning accordingly – lunch in a local establishment[6], followed by work in a local cafe/coffee shop/etc, then the Farmer’s Market.

I’ll try to post updates on how this is going, as well as some reviews as we go along.

[1] Abi’s Banana Nut Muffins are now my breakfast of choice. While I don’t have to watch my gluten as much as some others, she’s producing options that don’t suck.
[2] One of the advantages to being 100% telecommute for me is that I can do this every day if I wanted to.
[3] On one of the local mailing lists it was asked what would happen if every reader spent $40 a month in town on local businesses, vs. going into the bigger cities and towns for the same things. I plan on finding out.
[4] The ONLY coffee shop in town with indoor seating and wi-fi that’s work-friendly for what I do.
[5] And, if I get out regularly, I won’t turn into any of these people
[6] There are a lot! Expect reviews!

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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