Last Friday, my alarm went off at 4:45am. Probably the earliest I've voluntarily gotten up since...well...I can't remember. But Emily Schanie, owner of Cavu Coffee wakes up at that time most if not all days to get her shop ready to open.
I've known about Cavu Coffee for awhile, as I used to play my music there on occasion circa 2011- 2014, but I had never met Emily. I reached out to her last summer to see if she would join forces with us, take a risk, and be a part of our first Girl Boss Events' Pop Up. And she didn't hesitate. She is a Girl Boss full of love, happiness, has such a giving heart, and is truly all about community over competition. And she is a BOSS.
Emily met me at the shop Friday morning at 5:30am and as she unlocked the door and welcomed me in, the smell of coffee flooded out of the shop (one of my favorite smells for sure, so no problem there). The shop is such a cute and well put together space. Crisp white walls, gray counters with pops of color due to the fresh flowers from Two Little Buds on every table. Being a lover of monochromatic things, her store is a dream. Perfectly laid out for small business meetings, coffee with your friend, or breakfast with your littles (sitting at the counter is always a big hit). As you can see, the menu is stocked with your standard coffee drinks as well as inventive and creative spins on coffee beverages. I think my favorite aspect of this is that they highlight a seasonal beverage menu that changes every few months. And most of my favorite drinks come from that menu. Don't get me started on their egg nog or cinnamon vanilla lattes. They also have plenty of snack + sweet treat options from Paleo Primal Sweets.
She went about her business getting the shop ready to open at 6am and I stood back and watched as to not to 'disturb' her process. There's much to do; from counting the drawers, refilling syrup containers, stocking the pastry bar, brewing the actual coffee, to being able to accommodate the early 5:54am customer that rolls through the drive thru.
I love the intricate details throughout the shop that make it feel "homey". There's a gallery wall with photos of all of the employees and baristas. The name of the business and meaning behind it is front and center (more on that later), there's even a little basket of toys for the littles that come with their parents. There's also a lot of nods to Emily and her husband's past in the airline industry, including the aircraft photos throughout the space, and suitcases that hold their syrups which they make in house, which is super cute if you ask me.
Name Emily Schanie
Go to coffee drink: black single origin
Business: Cavu Coffee
Meaning behind the name: Cavu is an aviation term that means “perfect day for flying” or “ideal flying conditions”. When we decided to start a coffee shop, my husband and I wanted to tie it to our experience in the airline industry since that’s how we met. My husband was a commercial pilot and I was a flight attendant.
What made you want to launch your current business? I lost my corporate job and I’d always wanted to open a coffee shop but had a non-compete with my previous job. So, once the place where I was working closed, I was able to start up my own.
Where do you go for inspiration and what motivates you? I usually go to Instagram and to markets to find fresh ingredients. It’s fun to always be creating something that’s different, but fresh and doesn’t have those things that are bad for you in the mix such as dyes, preservatives, and chemicals. We make all of our syrups in house and they all are made up of four ingredients or less.
Girl Boss Crush: Sara Blakely who started Spanx.
Worst part of owning your business: You never truly get a day off.
Best part of owning your business: Being your own boss.
If you didn't own your business, what would you be doing: I’d probably work for another Girl Boss.
What do you love about being a Girl Boss in the Cincinnati area: I’m not from Cincinnati originally so it allows me to connect with other likeminded women in this area and allows me to meet new people.
What's your best advice for the next Girl Boss: Do it! Know that it’s a lot of hard work, but totally worth it in the end.
Being a Girl Boss can look like a lot of different things. It can look like a stay at home mom, it can look like a direct sales/MLM consultant, it can look like a straight outta college entrepreneur, or a middle aged empty nester trying to find her purpose again, a blogger, and so on. I've been a 'Girl Boss' since 2009 when I really started digging into my music career. I quickly found out that you had to really sell yourself, talk yourself up, make the rounds, put on a face, and truly believe you were the next best thing. I wasn't (still am not) good at ANY of that. I wasn't any good at the hustle. I wasn't good at playing the game. I guess I had what you called, a lot of 'heart'. I purposefully would NOT talk about myself in regards to music as to not draw attention to myself (and maybe that was my biggest flaw and at the same time my greatest gift). But I LOVED the music, the industry, the business. I lived and breathed music row like it was a part of me.
If you take any minute at all to scan social media, one of the most popular words you see being used in the Girl Boss world is 'hustle'. But does anyone ever stop and look up what that word actually means?
to crowd or push roughly, to convey forcibly, to sell or promote energetically and aggressively, to shove, to hurry, to hasten, energetic activity....
These are just a few of the definitions that are listed under the word 'hustle' in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Do any of these definitions give off a positive vibe?
I've never been a fan of this word. To me, it sounds "pushy", leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and comes across as disingenuous. Not to say that "energetic activity" isn't needed to run and propel your business especially when starting up, but in all reality, the rest of the definitions are not becoming. The idea of hustle stirs up chaos, and clutter, and all sorts of mind clouding activity.
Let's take at the word that is typically paired with hustle; heart.
the emotional or moral nature as distinguished from the intellectual nature: such as a generous disposition, courage or enthusiasm especially when maintained during a difficult situation, one's innermost character.
You aren't your hustle. You are your HEART. Your why, your how, YOU are enough. So, take that breather, don't push yourself too hard, give yourself grace. You are enough. No hustle needed.