Raven Community

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peanutI’m a sucker for a good animal rescue story, and while watching a particularly touching one recently via social media, I wondered if such an entity existed in Port Huron. After some digging, I found S&R Animal Rescue, a no-kill nonprofit organization of dog lovers whose mission is to provide sanctuary and ultimately re-home surrendered dogs.

Sadaat, myself and the rest of the Raven Café endeavor to improve the lives of our neighbors in our community, even the four-legged ones. In an effort to help them, we’ll be featuring a dog they have available for adoption at the bottom of each weekly e-newsletter.

The image featured is a powerful picture of a man and his dog taken 15 years apart- same man, same dog. Owning a pet is a lifetime duty. If this is not what you had in mind, re-consider getting a pet.

(Image courtesy of the Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto, CA)

Grounds For Your Garden

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Taking a queue from our corporate brethren, a particularly Eco-conscious staff member suggested we start offering up our used coffee grounds to gardeners/composters- we love this idea! They’re free and available in our front foyer.

Raven’s Brew Spotlight: Raven Café

spotlightInspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe, in particular the poem “The Raven,” the café serves Raven’s Brew Coffee® because not only is it a superior product to other ones we could carry, but it happens to share the same name as us. It’s Kismet! We’ve turned many people onto the gourmet coffee that is Raven’s Brew; our regulars that drink the Deadman’s Reach® are fiercely loyal and will turn their noses up at anything else… Read More @ Raven’s Brew’s Website

Monthly Sushi Sunday

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Thank you to everyone who were daring enough to be my test subjects for the Sushi Menu at our Grand Re-Opening. Because of the popularity of the sushi menu (and a healthy amount of people who are bummed because they missed it), I am happy to announce that we will be serving sushi at the Raven once a month, on the last Sunday of every month, starting in March. The next Raven Sushi Night will be from 6-9pm on Sunday, March 29th. Thanks again!”

Photo by Missy Campau

A Book Lover’s Fix

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With all the work being doing to the Raven library, I’ve been asked more than a few times if I plan to create checkout system. Short answer: No.

As a restaurant, our primary focus is to get folks their fare and drinks in a fast, friendly and efficient way.

Therefore, we are going to try an idea suggested by one of our staff. An area upstairs will be designated where folks can store books they are in the process of reading. For a quarter, patrons can purchase a special bookmark to keep their place, and it will be a signal to other patrons and staff that the book is in use.

This privilege will belong to our regulars. As you can see on the bookmark, patrons must come in at minimum once a month and date their bookmark as they read their book. If more than a month passes, we’ll reshelf the book and store their bookmark.

To keep the library neat and somewhat organized we’ve hired Irene Ratajczak-Smith, student at Port Huron Northern, to manage the library.

The books are on the shelves for you, our regular patrons, to enjoy, so start enjoying them today and never lose your place in our place!

Let’s Celebrate At A Celebration That Is More Than A Celebration!

10341427_10153045362754837_1847466319330218446_nA lofty title for a party with a lot going on. Fashioned after the Poe quote, “We loved with a love that was more than love,” from his poem Annabelle Lee, we here at the Raven hope you love what we have in store for you.

On Sunday, February 22nd from 6-9 p.m. we’ll be having a little shindig that will celebrate a few things:

V.I.P. PARTY FOR BOOK DONORS
We’ll have a special VIP area upstairs, just for you. With your name on our list, you cross the velvet rope to enjoy complimentary coffee and special hors d’ouevres, surrounded by walls upon walls of the printed treasures that you made possible.

GRAND OPENING PARTY
The sale of the Raven completed during the holidays, one of our busiest times of the year, so we couldn’t immediately celebrate. Now that things have settled down a bit, we’ll be taking the opportunity to properly party. We’ll be offering numerous drink specials and a fresh sushi menu (while supplies last, get there early and hungry!).

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY TODD & PAV
Helping us set the mood will be Todd & Pav. Raven patrons will recognize this duo, who perform regularly here. Branden Pavlov and Todd Armstrong play all of your rock n’ roll favorites, spanning decades of material. They’re nice guys, to boot.

Book donors! Be on the lookout for a special invite via e-mail or snail mail, and for all of our other awesome patrons looking to attend, there will be a special event created on our Facebook page. Please R.S.V.P.!

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Sunday Night Trivia

Starting Sunday, March 8th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the Raven Cafe along with “My Trivia Live” will be hosting Sunday Trivia Nights. Bring lots of friends- teams may be any size. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded.

R.S.V.P. vjia facebook and be eligible for our warm up questions that could win you a free medium beverage!

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