41 months later and we just mailed our final payment to the Ford Motor Company for Dojo’s delivery and special events van, “Nice Dreams.”
Much appreciation for former CEO of Findlay Market Bob Pickford, and former Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce President Brian Tiffany for the opportunity in 2009 to apply for the Business First Grant. This grant helped to substantially lessen the load of our startup expenses (delivery van, batch freezers imported from Italy, espresso machine, gelato display cabinet, freezers/refrigerators, Dojo Cart) while we were becoming established in OTR. Of course, scooping a few cups of gelati along the way to you, our loyal patrons, helped to bring the rest together.
Over-the-Rhine “Business of the Year,” our 3 year anniversary, a Red Hot Chili Pepper hangs at the Doj, Specialty Coffee Association of America Member, City Beat “Reader’s Choice, Best Ice Cream,” contributing business to the Friend’s of Findlay Market, Cincinnati Magazine’s “Top 5 Cool Treats of Summer,” weddings, graduation celebrations, birthday parties with Dojo Cart, Northside Rock-n-Roll Carnival, a new La Marzocco Strada, a new gelato batch freezer, contributing business to Easter Seals Tri-State, a new website, partnership with Deeper Roots Coffee, Dojo lease renewal, Earth Day at Xavier University, contributing business to the Cincinnati Children’s Theater, Crafty Supermarket, Anna Louise Inn Ice Cream Social, contributing business to the Golden Lawnchair Fundraiser for the Freestore Foodbank, OTR Summer Celebration, contributing business to the Junior League of Cincinnati Fashion Show, a new coffee bar at the Doj, Second Sunday’s on Main, Wyoming Farmers’ Market, featured dessert course for Findlay Market’s Lunch on the Land and Eat Local for the Globe, Bunbury Festival, contributing business to the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, Longstone Festival, Emily, Jared, William, Allison, Adam, Braydon, Adrienne, and Erica, endless chopping, blending mixing and scooping, our loyal regulars and all of the new guests we met over the last 12 months.
Thank you for another amazing year slinging the good stuff for you and making all our successes possible. Cheers and Happy New Year!