When Dr. Henry Bright and his wife Beverly were putting out the décor in the original O’Henry’s in 1993, a small wooden box was placed on the mantle. A few guests began putting notes, poetry, drawings and messages in the box. Guests wrote on napkins, note paper, and even java jackets. This continued to grow into so much more for the guests of O’Henry’s; emotions written and drawn to ‘store away’ in this little wooden box. Love notes, poems, engagements, baby announcements, and photos are placed in the box each day. Some guests have even taken the liberty to respond to some of the notes. When the box fills up all of the notes are sent back to the office and kept. We have some notes dating back to 1993.
The original notebox located at the Homewood store.
Recently we have had a few requests to come and look through our archives of notes to locate a note they placed in the box years ago to update it or give it as a gift. One occasion a few weeks ago a gentleman walked into the office looking for his note. We pulled out the box with all the notes and from 2 years ago he found the note that he and his girlfriend had written. It just so happened that they wrote it on their first date that took place in our Homewood location. They each wrote on one side of the note paper and then together put it in the box. He was planning to propose to her that next weekend and give her the note as a gift. She was unaware that it had been kept and was disappointed. We asked if they would come back and put a new note in the box that they got engaged and continue to update the box as their lives went on.
There is now a ‘note box’ in every one of the four locations. So next time you stop in to one of the stores, take a moment and drop a note; then come back and update it from time to time!
The tradition continues. Have fun and be creative. One condition: be nice.
Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes all things pumpkin Before you know it the leaves will just slightly start to change, scents of fall will touch your nose and with it the anticipation of holidays on the horizon. Well, if I haven’t got you wishing summer were a little closer to ending yet, let me see what I can do in the next few sentences! Here’s what you can look forward to in the coming weeks at O’Henry’s: Pumpkin Spice. We’ll have it all – lattes, our special Pumpkin Spice coffee, cupcakes topped with creamy cream cheese frosting…and maybe a pumpkin pie or two. Fall Drinks. As with every new season, we try to roll out a few drinks that fit the time of year. Check back in the next few weeks to see what we will be offering. Atmosphere. As always, the mornings are bustling and […]
In 2012, we introduced a new blend called Summer Solstice Blend. This particular blend was created out of a desire to have a little fun and to feature something entirely different from what we see most of the year at O’Henry’s Coffees. We wanted to create a blend that reflected the energy many of us feel when the Sun is at it’s closest and could stand up to the long summer days of June. We needed a coffee that could keep us humming all day long. It is a blend of 3 coffees from Central and South America, as well as East Africa. The aroma is superb; the taste is refreshingly mild and sweet with a hint of apricot and coffee blossoms. Enjoy it while it lasts!
The month of May is a busy month in Homewood. Downtown Homewood started off the month with We Love Homewood Day. Celebrations and festivities went on as residents were out and about town showing us how much they love their city. Mother's Day was last weekend, hope you all remembered to show your Mother's how much they are loved! We introduced, for the second time, Bali Blue Batur, our May Coffee of the Month. This is only the second time we have roasted it and it is a treat. Earthy and enticingly aromatic, make sure you come in and grab a bag before it is gone. Memorial Day is next Monday. We will be open limited hours. See below for individual store hours. Homewood: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Brookwood: Closed Highland Park: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Regions/Harbert: Closed