Thursday, October 10, 2013

congratulations danny!

This card is a special one.  It's for my friend, Danny, and his business partner, Mike, who just opened up a new spot called Juke Bar in NYC's East Village.  I met Danny in the same way I met many of my NYC friends -- on the dance floor.  He's an actor, comedian, firefighter, DJ, and overall cool guy.  Even with all his jobs, for years he's dreamed of opening up his own bar, and finally -- with all his hard work and the support of his friends and family -- his dream has become a reality.  Congratulations!

When I was unemployed over the summer, I volunteered at Juke Bar a bit.  On my first day, I cleaned the kitchen and packed a bunch of glasses the previous owner had left behind.  I also pulled out screws and nails in preparation for a new ceiling to be put in.

The following times, I sanded, painted, and made trips to the hardware store.  And closer to opening night I framed photos and washed those same glasses that I had packed away a few months prior.

I recently attended Juke Bar's grand opening and I had a great time.  The music was fantastic, the crowd was in good spirits, and of course I found my home on the dance floor.  But, more than that, the Juke Bar has heart. I experienced this each time I came by to volunteer before the grand opening...friends that Danny has known for years (some from his childhood) were always around to lend a hand -- from working on the plumbing or painting the logo to providing consultation on the bar and kitchen menu.  It was like all these folks who Danny had helped out before came around to return the favor, and all these folks who wanted to support Danny's dream came through and chipped in.  That same energy was present at the grand opening.  It was a true celebration.

Congratulations Danny and Mike!  I'm thinking of making Juke Bar my new happy hour spot, and that's a big deal for me...for one, I don't really drink and secondly, I'm a Brooklyn snob and try not to leave my borough unless I absolutely have to.  Ha!

This card will be entered into  the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and CASology (cue card is "crisp").  I thought about crisp air, apple crisp, crispy bacon...and, then I thought of a nice crisp and refreshing glass of sparkling wine.  So fitting for a "congrats on the opening of your new bar" card;)

Stamps: Mama Elephant Midnight Letters; drink stamps (manufacturer unknown)
Inks: Memento (tuxedo black); Copic markers
Other: Wink of Stella glitter brush (clear), glossy accents


  1. Oh, this is so perfect for the occasion, Lorraine! I love it!
    Thanks so much for playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch!

  2. Great mix of cocktails :-). Very cool card. Thanks for playing along with us in the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge and hope to see you again.

  3. How fun is this. Thank you so much for joining us at CASology this week!

  4. Another great card, Lorraine. Perfect for your friend and his new business. Sounds like you have a wonderful group of friends. Bev

  5. Wow - sounds like you're living the life! Such a fun new venture and you must be proud of your part in getting it started! I love your take on 'crisp', too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

  6. I like my white wine "crisp" so I totally get this! What a great was fun reading about the bar! New York City! Wow! So glad you joined in on the fun at CASology!

  7. Big congrats to your friend for following through on his dream. Next time I'm in NYC I'll have to check it out! As for your card - love the fun design and cool font on the sentiment! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  8. um ...why am I just seeing this????????? :) Happy Birthday LO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. um ...why am I just seeing this????????? :) Happy Birthday LO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!