Do we really need another coffee house? Yes: The Vault!

Jami at The Vault

Jami at The Vault

I almost started this post with “The Vault is so great, do we really need all the OTHER coffee shops?” But, I didn’t want to argue with the “have to have my *bucks every morning” people.

If your criteria for spending your time and money is greater than getting fast service at the drive-up, please read on.

Name: The Vault Coffee and Connections,
Location: 223 North Main (Corner of Main and Mulberry), downtown Kokomo.
Phone: (765) 438-9900,
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 A.M. – 5 P.M., Saturday 8 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Web:, Facebook: TheVault Coffee (Note the missing space, and just go with it.)

You are only going to become a fan of The Vault by trying it, so I’m not going to employ my considerable powers of persuasion attempting to convince you. When you try it, give these aspects your consideration: Continue reading


Two Minutes at the Beach

We spent last week at our favorite beach. As a way to remember the spectacular weather, quiet sea, and relaxing calm, I recorded this brief video clip. Have a 2-minute vacation!

The choice is being made.

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How to be the favorite brother/sister/boss/grandma

I finally got downtown to 107 E. Sycamore to visit the new Sweet Poppin’s location. Owner Tashia Johnson-St. Claire welcomed me by showing me the big, new menu board. (I asked her to ham it up a little.)

Tashia is excited that she now has a special copy of  the menu prepared in Braille and in large, easy-to-read type for the blind and low-vision customers.

There’s also a list of great, new flavors that I encourage you to try:

Amaretto, Mocha, French Vanilla, Caramel Latte, Hazelnut, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Chocolate Raspberry, Cinnamon Red Hots, and Pumpkin Spice! I tried Bailey’s Irish Cream flavor while I was there, and it was very tasty. (I gotta add here that Sweet Poppin’s Caramel is the best caramel popcorn I’ve ever had!)

You don’t need me to tell you everything that’s going on with Sweet Poppin’s. You just need to follow Tashia’s business updates  by clicking this link and going to Sweet Poppin’s on Facebook. She continually inspires me by giving all credit for her business success to God. Way to go, Tashia!

Even though Facebook is the best way to follow Tashia’s progress, I will mention that SP has a lot of price-points and packaging options (check out that menu board) for your own enjoyment, personal gifts or business rewards for your customers!

The biggest selection is available at the store, but you can also shop on-line at Don’t wait to visit the “real” or on-line store…the holidays will be upon us in just a few weeks, and you want to be the favorite brother/sister/dad/aunt/boss/grandma this holiday season, don’t you? Get going!