Every Saturday, Dave & Jess Ratliff walk a few blocks to our Sandy store, grab their drinks (Dave: milk, sugar, coffee, in that order. Jess: Cafe au lait), and sit facing the street while they decompress from the busy work week and enjoy each others' presence. It's a weekly ritual they've been holding since a couple months after the store opened and they consider our staff family.
"Dave and I aren't really coffee drinkers," says Jess with a laugh. "This is the only place we drink coffee." When the couple first visited the shop, they were recommended by their granite installer to check out the countertops at Case Study, and while it may have been stone that drew them, it was the shop itself that kept them coming back.
The Ratliffs met in high school in Boulder, and have lived around the nation--from Texas to New York to Louisiana, and, of course, Portland. Four cats (Miko, Gamera, after the monster in the Japanese movies, Bradley, and Huck) keep them busy, and Dave builds custom cycles. (www.velvetcycles.com)
We love seeing Dave and Jess enter our shop and look forward to many more happy Saturdays!