As the book bar is progressing while in its planning phases, I’m making decisions on the types of (private) rooms that I will have. This building was built for office space in the 1950’s and has been used as such since then. But in 2014, this mid-century brick office building will be transformed into the very first “book bar and lounge” in Southern California. -True story!!!
The private rooms around the perimeter of the floor plan were once offices of Executives and Managers, but will soon be uniquely and carefully crafted purpose driven rooms, which I have yet to determine. But in deciding the use for those rooms, I keep in mind the heart of The Brass Lamp, which is to build a community. The primary vision of my business may have taken a backseat to the glam of this oh-so-cool-forward-thinking concept, but truly is the cornerstone of The Brass Lamp.
Behind the obvious coolness and uniqueness of having a… uh, “coffee shop for adults,” if you will, the vision of this bar/coffee shop/bookstore was not only to provide a place for people to go to on their own to “read, write, and drink,” but it was also a place that would cultivate intriguing conversations, imaginative ideas and eventually geniusly creative results! -Did you know that the iconic writer, Earnest Hemingway was notoriously fond of drinking? Much like his counterparts like Scott Fitzgerald and William Styron, most creative artists get their best ideas when balancing drinking and working. I know I do! And I know you do too!
At The Brass Lamp, I will be featuring the work of local, upcoming Artists, which will cultivate more creativity, which will in turn develop compounding ideas of brilliance. Giving my customers, not just something to look at, but something to talk about!!! And that’s ultimately what I want… I want to give them something to talk about! Thank you, Bonnie Raitt!
So as I head hunt for these creative artist’s work on my walls, performances on my stage, and books on my shelves, I ask that you envision The Brass Lamp as being a place where you can let down your hair, take off your tie, and relax your tension-filled shoulders and enjoy being inspired!!!
And they say you can’t never meet a decent person at a bar! I beg to differ! Cheers!
Oh, and if you have any ideas for some of those rooms, don’t be shy to share!
“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.” -Ernest Hemingway