All posts filed under: Events

Church St. Coffee at Connector Cafe & Grill

I had the opportunity to check out an incredible pop up this past weekend at Connector Cafe & Grill a local favorite cafe of mine. As you all know by now coffee is my go to for just about anything, not only does it give me a push to start my day off right but I really just love the flavors of coffee and always look for different kinds I can check out. Church St. Coffee Company specializes in cold brew coffee & nitro cold brew coffee – what is cold brew you may ask? Well it’s coffee that is never exposed to heat and the steeping process is a bit different than a normal hot brew. Denis Toomey, owner and founder of Church St. explained to me how it works, what they do with their own coffee, where it comes from and then of course I had several samples and had a full cup of their original brew. For a little history, Church St. started back in 2015 and was named after a street …

Wine & Connections

Last month’s mixer hosted by The Foundation Mixer and Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellars was inspiring. Conversation accompanied by good wine is always a good mix and I saw many new faces this time. Over the course of the last few months, I can personally say that the mixers have been collaborative and I have been able to meet many new people. The very premise of mixers is to connect with people outside of your realm of comfort, it allows you to step outside your box and find new venues for your personal entrepreneurial goals or just to meet new people. These mixers also promote local business and one thing I truly appreciate is the ability talk about what I do and hear what others do in these local settings. Tutto Bene was no exception; with a Sommelier on site talking to us about the different wines we were tasting and an incredible assortment of wines from all over the world it was the perfect spot for a mixer. We had Presceia Cooper, Director …

Lowell Folk Festival 2017

“Whatever is good for your soul, do that.” The festival vibes this year were incredible. The community, the small businesses, the performers and even the weather- everything just meshed together and created a beautiful atmosphere all weekend long. I have to say it was the best year yet and no I’m not just saying that because I finally got to try the Filipino food booth ūüôā My weekend started with Friday night- first day of the festival. While its a short night, the streets were closed downtown, food booths were set up and the festival hum had started. People were milling the streets checking everything out. My friends and I checked out the opening of Warp & Weft a new restaurant on Market street that will officially open later this fall, we went over to Boardinghouse Park to catch the sunset and had some yummy food and drinks. It was a beautiful evening filled with good times and almost every single downtown restaurant had something going on. It was great to see so many people …

Creativity Meets Connection

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable” – William Pollard The Foundation Mixer brought us all together once again last week for the second part of their art series connection events. This time the focus was on GiveWave Studios owned by a friend and colleague of ours . With a small business focused on creativity and design it has thrived over the last year and half into the costume and accessories go to for all your creative needs. GiveWave Studios is based out of Lowell Makes, a Makerspace based in Lowell, MA. This is an environment where creativity takes free reign and individuals who have a membership can do everything from woodworking to 3D printing. This is the perfect place to start a business based on creative design and has been the spot for people to come out and experience on their own. During this particular mixer, we were given a tour of Lowell Makes …

The Art of Connection

This particular connection event hosted by The Foundation Mixer was a breath of a fresh air. Located in the ALL (Arts League of Lowell) Gallery right outside of downtown we were surrounded by different works from Artists from every part of Lowell many of which were breathtaking. We were encouraged to discuss, interact and help each other with ideas- which was uplifting for me because of how I create. My very creative force comes from interacting with people, businesses, restaurants, and others in the community. Bobby Tugbiyele Co-Founder- Sharing a few words Mingling in this gorgeous location Two small business owners: Warlene¬†& Barbara Aleksandra Tugbiyele talking to us about the amazing raffle! Something that set this event apart from others was our special speaker Andreina¬†Veira¬†founder and CEO of VAS (Veira¬†Admin Solutions) – a back office support for many different clients. As she spoke to us she encouraged us to not let the negativity that can sometimes surround us all push us down and ruin our dreams. Dreams do not become reality unless you work hard …

Friday Nights!

Last Friday was the kickoff to the “Friday Nights!” (End 68 Hours of hunger) event hosted by Made in Lowell and it was filled with music, food, drinks and fun for the whole family. There were a variety of food trucks, live music, and vendors to kick off the event this year and boy did I have a blast! This event was held at the Mill Yard at Canal Street in Lowell which was a great location because of the openness of the space. I tried Let’s Roll Eggroll for the first time and they were incredible. Since I love egg rolls, it was only fair I try what they had to offer and went with the “Jamaican” which was beef, curry, hot peppers and came with a Queso dip and the “Mariachi” which was chicken, beans, Mexican mix cheese and came with a Avo Ranch dip. Both were incredible and addicting, the dips complimented the egg rolls well and gave them extra kicks of flavor. Let’s Roll Eggroll Truck Delicious & varied menu! ¬† …

Cheese 101 – Mill City Cheesemongers

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love cheese; when I was a kid I would take blocks of cheddar and just eat them plain. If I could still get away with that I would still do it, but now I’ve grown up and realized there are so many kinds of cheese I cat eat many different varieties (to make up that block of cheese) and experience flavors and taste in a completely different way. Going to a class to learn about cheese seemed to be the next step I should take, and at Mill City Cheesemongers located at Mill No 5 on Jackson St. in Lowell I was able to do just that. When I arrived a cheese plate had been set up with seven cheeses, Meyer lemon infused honey, two wines (from our local winery Aaronap Cellars), water, crackers, and a plate with dried pineapple & salt. Next to that was a detailed sheet describing the cheeses and where they were from. There were three cheeses from Massachusetts! This class was more …

Soulful Connections

“The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we the musicians, are the messengers.” -Roy Ayers Music is an essence that binds people together. When Bobby Tugbiyele Co-Founder of the Foundation Mixer brought in Lydia Harrell a beautiful soul, to perform for the second event of the year he knew what he was doing. Together with her soulful vibes and jazz filled momentum the room was brought together. Inspired by the surroundings, people were able to talk about their thoughts and ideas on how to make their community, business endeavors, and lives thrive. Anytime you have people from all different parts of a community, with different ideas you get this genuine vibe that creates progress. We all want to move in the right direction but we don’t¬†always have the tools ourselves to make this happen. By having events like these that focus on growth, connection, and people, it instills a sense of belonging and satisfaction that you are working towards the good of your fellow neighbor, your community, …

In Her Shoes – Women of Color & the Stories We Share

“It’s in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride in my step, the curl of my lips. I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me. ” – Maya Angelou Creating a safe space for women of all¬†races and backgrounds was what this event intended to do and it created¬†a beautiful yet eye opening awareness for those in attendance and those who spoke. This was also a dedication and remembrance to the life of Many “Lee” Pho-Taing who lost her battle with cancer this past February. She was the owner of Little Delights Bakery in Downtown Lowell and we wanted to commemorate and honor her life, she would have loved this event! Ani Vong, Owner at Humanity Style and Masada Jones of the Kindred Project were our hosts and organizers. Together they created an event that filled our souls with an incredible amount of fervor and realized in all of us how far our hands reach and where we can go in life. I was incredibly privileged to be asked to …

Community Connections

“We rise by lifting others.” – Roger Ingersoll There are connections we make that last a lifetime, these connections strengthen the core of who we are as individuals while building the core of a community. This is also true of entrepreneurship, small businesses, inventors, and artists: people who are the finding ways to make their communities stronger while also living sustainable and productive lives. Last Thursday was the first Foundation Mixer of the year, an event for individuals¬†to get together and share ideas, thoughts and their common ground within their community. By creating an atmosphere outside of social media where people could talk to each other face to face it brought “connecting” to another level. We were told we could use the post it notes on each table to share ideas with one another or if we knew someone who could help to connect each other to these people. Packed house! Community influencers Excitement about startups and local business This event was more than just mingling, it was about setting up an atmosphere of mutual …