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Our friends over at Birthdays and Bottles are void-fillers. They like serving and dreaming. They’re ideal seekers. And they started a business from a need they saw…pretty awesome stuff. They also have great taste in music. Joshua, founder, talks about how it all began…   As our service is free and offers the client a better deal and overall experience than if they were to plan something on their own, it is a true win-win. Most of the time when people hear something that sounds to good to be true, they shy away and may not give you the opportunity to prove yourself. We experienced this when we first started offering our service but moved on from it quickly after establishing a sound reputation in party and event planning. Once you’re a proven concept, the word spreads and a potential client’s wariness ceases to exist or be an issue.  On a personal level, we wanted to build a company that embodied our outlook when it came to what one’s experience of planning a party or event in New York should be. That lead to the birth of our fun and easy-to-use service that is operated by helpful and honest professionals, while at no cost to the client. As entrepreneurs, there’s nothing quite as gratifying as identifying a void in a particular market and then filling it with your vision and passion.   We’re totally on board with that! Do you do anything other than party planning at the moment?  Anyone just starting out in our industry who may looking for advice along the way is strongly recommended to contact myself or anyone...

The Traveling Cup of Love

              Our #TravelingCupOfLove has visited some pretty awesome places so far, but as the wise men themselves said, we all, “get by with a little help from our friends.” In this big ol’ world, he’s got a lot left to see! If you are traveling somewhere over the course of this holiday season, and our little cup has not yet been there, he wants to go with you! Take him along, and you could a) have a really awesome adventure & b) win an Aeropress coffee brewer. Here’s what to do to enter: 1. When you stop by the shop to grab your pre-travel coffee, ask your barista for an extra cup. 2. Then, Sharpie in your destination of choice, go on an adventure, and have a little photo shoot! 3. Post your photo on Instagram in similar fashion to the examples above, tagging #TravellingCupOfLove & @Birchcoffee.     We will be re-posting your adventures on our feed throughout the next month and a half, so be sure and keep tabs on his whereabouts. Entries must be received by midnight, 2014, and the winner will be announced on New Year’s Day! We look forward to seeing all of your amazing ventures, and are excited to spread a ton of love this holiday season with your help!  ...

Artist Spotlight: Celestial Zenith

    “A Date for the Evening is an incredibly captivating piece of theater. The story flies by at a breakneck speed and I wanted it to continue long after the last beat. Celestial blends movement and speech in a very intriguing way. Great evening!” – Sara (sf fringe audience review) Our very own Celestial Zenith has written, produced, and is starring in her very own one woman show, and we are incredibly proud of her. A Date for the Evening will be performing ONE NIGHT ONLY as apart of EMERGING ARTISTS NEW WORK SERIES in New York City! OCTOBER 9th, 7PM Ticket Price: $10 AT THE DOOR OR ONLINE tinyurl.com/datetix TICKETS ON SALE NOW PERFORMANCE IS AT the TADA! Theater 15 West 28th St, 2nd floor Between Broadway and 5th Avenue   A Date for the Evening is A NEW ORIGINAL ONE WOMAN SHOW exploring one girls breakneck journey through a night of speed dating, struggling to connect with anyone BUT HERSELF to mend her broken past. This one night only premier is coming out of its debut performance OFF OFF BROADWAY at the FRIGID NEW YORK FRINGE FESTIVAL in February 2014 and it’s WEST COAST PREMIERE at the SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL. & the Audiences are LOVING IT! “This show was outstanding and liberating. Brava Celestial!” – Al (sf fringe audience review)     See you...

Artist In Residence: Jasmine

Birch on the Upper West Side has got a new artist residing in house! Her name is Jasmine, and she is currently a senior Lighting TD at Blue Sky Studios.  Her lighting credits include Rio 2, Epic, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ghost Town, and The Nanny Diaries. Jasmine holds a BA in Economics/Art History  from Vassar College and received her MS in Digital Imaging and Design from NYU.  After grad school, she began working in the field of 3D medical visualization and moved onto vfx/commercial work for the following seven years before moving into feature animated film work at Blue Sky Studios, where she currently works. In her spare time, Jasmine also enjoys bunnies, capturing life through photography and creating things! We also happen to know she enjoys a flat white every now and again… You can have a preview of her work here: http://jasminek.com & then come on over and see the Heaven & Earth series showing in the shop until...

Celebration Time!

We are incredibly excited to share with you with an invitation to the Opening Celebration for our 4th shop! That’s right, our baby Birch4 is open and rockin’ the Upper East Side on 62nd street just off of Lexington! On Wednesday September 10th we are going to have an intimate little gathering starting at 5 pm. Jeremy and Paul will be chatting on all things small biz, coffee, and life. This will be followed by an open Q & A. If you’ve stopped by, you know the space is a quaint one, so the availability for the Talk Back will be limited to 20. Please RSVP to sarah@birchcoffee.com if you’d like to attend, and how many people you will be attending with. After the talk back, around 6 pm, it will be an open party to celebrate YOU. Because let’s be honest, it’s your love and support that lead us to being able to send out this email in the first place. This will go until around 8 pm, we’ll have some drinks, some snacks, some dance moves, and plenty of laughs to go around. (No RSVP necessary, let’s bring a crowd!) We’re excited to celebrate the incredible community you have created, and surrounded us with, and look forward to seeing you on the 10th!   Your Birch Family. P.S. This coming Tuesday, September 2nd from 7-9, we’re hosting another TRIVIA NIGHT on the UWS. All things MUSIC this round. You can send Sarah an email to RSVP your team. But do it quickly, our tables are filling up fast these...

Artist Spotlight: Justin Anselmi!

You may know Justin. He’s our everything guy, and is pretty awesome. Not only does he make mornings the greatest time of day with the prettiest lattes in town, but he also acts. Like we said, he kind of rocks. He is currently in a show with our neighbors at The Ivy Theatre Company, just over on 28th St, called The Feminism of a Soft Merlot  written by Micheline Auger, directed by Audrey Alford. Go see it and Justin will probably sign your program afterwards. Dreams do come true, see? The company is dedicated to dynamic storytelling that explores the human condition in a visceral way, and is working with Funny… Sheesh Productions in a space sharing partnership to promote artistic union and collaboration within the New York City independent theatre scene.   The play asks what sexual empowerment and intimacy is in the age of online porn, dating, and pop culture.     The cast features: Diana Oh, Lauren Dortch Crozier, Patrick Daniel Smith, and Justin Anselmi.   Performance Dates for The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched): Saturday, May 24, 9PM|Sunday, May 25, 7PM|Wednesday, May, 28 8PM|Friday, May 30, 9PM |Saturday, May 31, 7PM|Sunday, June 1st, 3PM|Thursday, June 5, 8PM|Friday, June 6, 8PM|Saturday, June 7, 8PM|Saturday, June 14, 9PM|Sunday, June 15, 3PM|Tuesday, June 17, 8PM|Wednesday, 18, 8PM|Thursday, 19, 8PM|Saturday, 21, 7PM|Sunday, June 22, 7PM. Single tickets: $18.00. Students & Seniors: $15.00. http://ivytheatre.brownpapertickets.com/ For group rates, please contact Audrey Alford at ivytheatre@gmail.com. All media inquiries in reference to The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched), please contact Susanne Pinedo, Publicist,...