A new family-friendly addition to the Raven Cafe has finally arrived! If you have a little one presently (or one on the way) you’ll be as excited as me.
Here’s the plight of mothers these days: you’re out to dinner with your husband, and the wee one needs a diaper change. In this modern day many fathers are taking a hands-on approach when it comes to parenting, and if yours is one of the good ones (like mine) he’ll offer to change the baby while you sip your coffee. He walks off only to return with still-soiled baby because, like many public establishments, there is no changing station in the men’s room. It gets trickier and even more inconvenient in a scenario with two male parents.
In the interest of being progressive, the Raven has finally installed a baby changing station in our unisex restroom (the one on the ground level). Now mothers can take that much-needed moment and drink their tasty beverage while dad cleans up the doodie! We hope to lead by example and encourage other businesses to accommodate awesome fathers (we know at least Casey’s Pizza caters to daddy diaper duty). If you’d like to join the revolution, consider sending a letter to the Times Herald’s Talk Back. Wouldn’t it be great if all downtown Port Huron restaurants got on this bandwagon? It could be another awesome perk that sets us apart from the big box chain restaurants.
As the mother of a busy 3-year old I rarely get time to sit down with a good book. Even though we have an entire section devoted to Edgar Allan Poe at the Raven, I don’t have the leisure time to peruse it. These days I’m a big fan of audio books so I can multitask. I listen to them in the car, while getting ready in the morning, working, cleaning… you get the idea. Poe’s works are public domain, so a website called Open Culture whose mission it is to create a centralized source for high quality cultural and educational media has made his works available to anyone at no charge.
Being a visual learner, I also recently purchased the Poe app collection by iClassics, who specialize in combining classic literature with interactive art and cutting edge technologies. Thus far I’ve consumed the Tell-Tale Heart, The Oval Portrait, Hop Frog, Annabel Lee and, of course, The Raven. It’s creepy, interactive, illustrative and just plain engaging. I highly recommend it and, in addition to Poe’s works, they have Charles Dickens and H.P. Lovecraft (Sadaat approves the latter).
The Raven Café was featured recently on Awesome Mitten’s blog that featured “4 Michigan Drives to Make the Most of Fall”. The Raven was mentioned as a necessary stop for hot beverages whilst travelling the Highway M-25: Lexington to Caseville route.
The thought of throwing books away is blasphemous to literature-lovers such as we. Even when they are old, tattered and written about stuffy subjects, I can’t stand the thought of trashing them. Someone, somewhere might want them and love them.
Here at the Raven, we appreciate and encourage kindness. Inspired by a post about “pending coffees”, we’ve created a small chalkboard space above our bar register where patrons can purchase drinks for friends or pending coffees for those in our community that genuinely can’t afford one. I think we can all agree coffee is a basic human necessity.
Starting Monday, July 27th a new face will be joining you for dinner. While you wait for your delicious sandwiches and salads, local magic man, Darrel Hafner, will be showcasing his skills at sleight-of-hand, legerdemain and generally blowing your mind.
Darrel Hafner is from Richmond, MI. He has been performing magic since 2008 and has performed at graduations, youth functions, and numerous local fairs and festivals, such as the Richmond Good Old Days, St. Clair County 4-H Fair and the Armada fair.
Preview some of Darrel’s chicanery on his Facebook fan page.
Over the weekend the Raven was featured in the MetroTimes article, “16 Restaurants Worth the Drive from Metro Detroit.”
They went on to describe the Raven as a “book-lined bistro unlike any other. But don’t let its calm atmosphere fool you. The Raven has much more to offer than its espressos, including a vibrant lunch and dinner menu and a list of cocktails that won’t disappoint. If that’s not enough, The Raven also hosts nighttime events such as movie showings, live music, and art shows. With great food and an even greater atmosphere, the Raven is not to be passed up.”
I’m happy to report the breastfeeding Madonna and Child has been shared on a couple of wonderful breastfeeding support organizations’ Facebook feeds. I hoped that the idea of the Raven celebrating and supporting courageous mamas would spread like wild fire, with the ultimate hope to #normalizebreastfeeding in our community and the U.S. as a whole.
Additionally, I was paid a great compliment by a friend of a friend, Melissa Smith, who had seen the painting via social media. She came to town for a kayaking excursion and then patronized the Raven to see the painting in person. She then snapped a photo of her feeding her beautiful son with it in the background.