Our baristas answer the question: What was the best (or worst) holiday gift you ever got as a kid?
Kody: “A new belt from my distant aunt that I later got spanked with for not appreciating my new belt.”
André: “Best: Having your birthday on Christmas . Worst: Having your birthday on Christmas.”
Josh: “A re-gift of cheap cologne”
Kalee: “Worst – a furby”
Ashley: “Worst: my family used to have one of those “steal a gift” game things where everyone brings something for like $10. I took home outdated computer software.”
Marina: “Worst: $1 check from Grandma. Best: Harry Potter Lego set of Hogwarts Express.”
Patrick: “Worst: A set of scrapbooking supplies with a complimentary scent of cigarette smoke.”
Alison: “Worst: A goldfish that died the next morning.”
America: “PS2 with all PS1 games. Best and worst.”
Thanks to the generosity of our customers and baristas, we were able to reach our match goal of $500 and raised over $1350 with the help of your donations! The money you helped us raise will go to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which we chose for a number of reasons.
The Community Foundation has created the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund that gives grants to victims and nonprofits who are providing on-the-ground immediate assistance AND long term services. The unfortunate reality of wildfires is that the effects are long lasting; people are displaced from their homes and some have to essentially start from scratch. Being able to give the money as directly as possible to the residents and people affected was important.
You can find out more about The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s wildfire relief efforts and donate with them here: http://www.cfmt.org/
One of our barista’s, John Mike, was moved to go volunteer to help distribute donated goods to those affected. You can read about his experience and look at his photos taken in the area in his blog post below:
It would be hard not to notice the sleek, bright orange and black Copper & Kings sign that rises above their distillery when you’re driving down Story Avenue. Located in the middle of Butchertown’s growing community of local and small businesses, Copper & Kings is often also at the center of promoting that community and organizing neighborhood events.
Copper & Kings is primarily known for their brandy and absinthe, but equally as delicious is their non-alcoholic Butchertown Soda. You can find the Louisville-made craft sodas in the cold case at any of our stores.
While Butchertown Sodas have recognizable flavors, they are preservative-free, and use organic cane sugar and other high-quality ingredients that make them less syrupy, and more natural tasting than the average soft drink.
Heine Brothers’ is proud to partner with the Louisville Free Public Library (along with our friends at Against The Grain and 502 Fit Pass) on Get Lit Lou (short for Get Literary Louisville), LFPL’s new winter reading program for adults, encouraging everyone to “read responsibly”. From December through February, participants who read any three books and attend three programs – either at the Library or at Get Lit Lou-specific programs at partner businesses – will earn a prize and be entered in to drawings for bigger prizes.
The Appalachain Wildfires have been blazing since early November, and last week our hearts broke when they reached the city of Gatlinburg. To help the victims of the Gatlinburg Wildfires last week, Heine Brothers’ is accepting donations in-store, that’ll go to the victim’s fund with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Stop by your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ this week and donate – we’ll match customer donations up to $500.
More on the Gatlinburg Wildfires:
- Inferno in the Smoky Mountains: Photos From Gatlinburg Wildfire Devastation
- Drone Footage Captures Devastating Destruction of Tennessee Wildfires
- 14 confirmed dead in Tennessee wildfires
- Dolly Parton to host telethon for Gatlinburg wildfire victims
Have you met April from Main Street, yet? April is new to our downtown Louisville store, and also the co-owner of SnoWhat Snoballs!
Erica, a fellow barista who nominated April, said, “April is amazing. She is a business owner, always takes care of other people and has THE BEST customer service in all of downtown. I love working with her and today she bought me lunch!”
Which location is your home store?
How long have you been working at HB?
Just a few months.
Louisville Native or Transplant?
Transplant. I grew up in Eastern Kentucky, and moved to Elizabethtown when I was 11. I moved to Louisville in 2000 for college and never left! There’s a bumper sticker that says “I’m not from Louisville but I got here as quick as I could!” – I couldn’t agree more.
You also founded SnoWhat Snoballs – which look awesome! Tell us about your business.
Awe, thank you! We’re a mobile food truck serving gourmet shaved ice. We have signature flavors that are homemade using real fruit, cane sugar, and no high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring. We also offer classic flavors such as Cherry and Blue Raspberry for the kid at heart and those who really can’t live without a blue tongue! Right now, we’re still pretty small, operating mostly on the weekends at fairs, festivals, and local events, such as the Buy Local First Fair, and Forecastle. We’re also available for private events, corporate parties, weddings, and birthdays! We create custom flavor profiles, even alcoholic “boozy” balls.
So what exactly is a snoball?
I’m glad you asked! The reason we call our icy treats snoballs is simple — our ice is fluffy just like snow! It’s not your typical snow cone. Our ice practically melts in your mouth and absorbs the real fruit syrups we drizzle on top. As an added bonus, we use toppings like sweetened condensed milk, caramel, and sprinkles.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I have always wanted to own my own business! I’ve worked as a manager for a few companies, and while I’ve loved the jobs, there are certain things that are just out of my control. Being able to make decisions in your business and having the ability to be creative in ways that a corporate job just won’t allow. I love all the little details of ordering products, and building relationships with customers and vendors. If I see a friend and want to step out of the truck and give them a hug, I can! My friend and business partner, Jessica Bledsoe, moved just outside of New Orleans for a short period in 2010. Snoball stands are everywhere in NOLA, and after trying one, we both knew, we just had to bring snoballs to Louisville. After a few years of planning and saving, and the invaluable Kayla Allinger joining the team, SnoWhat served its first snoball in April 2015.
Do you have a personal favorite snoball flavor?
Green Apple will always hold a special place in my heart, but our homemade caramel apple made with granny smith apples, cinnamon and other spices, and drizzled with creamy caramel is my new favorite.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs starting out?
Get up and start! I have the tendency to over-plan and overthink. After Jessica and I purchased the block ice shaver, her husband Adam said, “Well, go make some snoballs!” We jumped in with an event that weekend and haven’t looked back. It’s definitely been a learning experience. Find mentors! I talk to everyone that is willing to have a conversation with me. Their advice is golden. Always take more than you think you’ll need. Lastly, it may sound cliche’, but be prepared for failure. My first test batch of our Watermelon Basil was probably one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever tasted. I kept trying and now have a recipe that our customers love.
Do you have any exciting holiday flavors or events planned?
We have recently started experimenting with snow cream! I use to make it when I was a kid, and it dawned on me that I have an endless supply of snow at my fingertips. We tested it out at Yelp’s Art in Action event and the crowd consensus is that we must add it to our menu. We’re also preparing winter flavors such as eggnog, sugar cookie, and cranberry for private parties and corporate holiday events during our off season.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time when you’re not working at HBC or SnoWhat?
Cooking, creating, and cuddling with my animals.
And finally, what’s your favorite HB drink?
That’s probably the hardest question of this interview! I’m going to have to say the Fair Trade Mayan Mocha, but followed very VERY closely by the Beekeeper and the Banana Chiaberg.
Interested in booking SnoWhat Snoballs for an event this season? Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, and find our more on their website: www.snowhatlouisville.com or through social media: @SnoWhatLOU.
Reading and coffee are better together! That’s why we’re getting lit – literature from the library, that is.
We’re kicking off Get Lit Louisville with the Louisville Free Public Library by including a reading list of our Baristas’ favorite books that you can check out from the library and enjoy all winter:
Just in time for the Holidays, you can find Winter’s Warmth in stores or online now!
Winter’s Warmth blends three of our favorite fair trade, certified organic Latin American coffees for a smooth, full-bodied taste. Winter’s Warmth is a medium roast and has flavors of nougat, cinnamon, chocolate, with a lingering aftertaste.
The coffee and the bag design were inspired by the Danish word hygge. Though it has no direct translation in English, it’s meaning invokes the feelings of enjoying life’s simplicity, closeness, comfort, peace, graciousness, warmth, and family. To the Danish, it’s more than just a frame of mind – it represents a cultural approach to life.
Karen Weeks, the designer who is also behind our Explorer Series bags, created a lovely package that channels the meaning of hygge. With the cheery red bag and whimsical design, it captures the essence of the feeling you get when you sip Winter’s Warmth.
So this winter, relax and make yourself feel at home with our newest coffee!
The truth is clear: Heine Brothers’ baristas LOVE Thanksgiving food!
So which dishes did we love this year? Check it out:
Mal: “My Grandma makes a mean thanksgiving meatball + sauce, I’ll tell ya.”
Lindsay: “All of it. Turkey and dumplins is special as its a family recipe and tradition but I do love all of it. Sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie… all the things! Is it weird that I really like eating the crisp skin off the turkey as soon as its out of the oven? I know, I’m a monster.”
Erica: “Omg everything. Literally can not pick.”
Madison: “The potatoes. All of ’em. Every kind. Mashed potatoes, fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes. The stuff of dreams.”
Alison: “Hawaiian rolls. But even better. One step up….Stuffing MADE WITH HAWAIIAN ROLLS.”
Perri: “Green bean casserole”
Leslie: “SWEET POTATOES!”
Olivia: “The turkey!”
Georgia: “Green bean casserole! And wine…lots of wine”
Ian: “All. The. Casseroles.”
Lyndsie: “I wish I didn’t read the other comments, I am SO hungry now 😭
But definitely broccoli casserole and derby pie.”