Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Valentine's is upon us. The day of L❤️VE! Isn't every day supposed to be a day of love? Do we need a holiday to boast "Hey show that someone you love them!" For just one day? 

When Johnny and I were dating and ever since I would tell him.."Please, do not buy flowers for me on Valentine's Day." I hated to see something, like flowers, that you could purchase within reason every other day of the year...triple in price to show that someone you love them. That's crazy. 

I have friends in the business and hate me for writing this...but I know it goes beyond their flower shops. It's just hard to swallow that after Valentine's Day the flowers will drop in price.  

Johnny is reading over my shoulder as he is pouring me a second cup asking me why I am writing this since I am in the business of selling a product, I have Valentine's Day gifts to sell and I'm telling people basically not to purchase on VD.  

Not true...I don't think you need to have a holiday to let that special someone know you are thinking of them AND I don't think you need to purchase something that changes in price before and after that holiday.  

I have created some gift ideas that won't break the bank....that can be enjoyed...and still have something special and unique after it's all over. 

Hand painted cups

I am beginning a series of hand painted coffee cups. (The Art of Coffee) My first start is with hearts. Yes, perfect for Valentine's Day, however giving this cup to someone (or buying one for yourself) any time of the year perfectly fine.  

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What is unique is that no two cups will be exactly alike. They are not created via a computer and machine, they are all hand painted. I use the same color scheme and will create similar cups...however they won't be exact. So you are able to buy just one or if you wish to have a set...they will all go together. The paint is heat treated so it's permanent I would recommend washing by hand. 

I've put together a few gift ideas adding some fresh baked biscottis & dipped pretzels to fresh roasted coffee & Hot Chocolate on a Stick. Wrap in cellophane and add a unique ribbon tie...a very nice gift to give to friends, coworkers or that special someone. We will even add a little note from you. 

If you wish to just purchase the cups by themselves, that's ok too. 

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Handmade Pinatas 

Who doesn't love a brightly colored piñata filled with yummy surprises! I know I do. I made these using recycled cardboard, hot glue and crepe paper. You won't have to "beat them with a stick" to recieve your reward of treats...I'll provide a simple opening. 

Heart shaped and your choice of red or pink, PLUS a cute little saying attached. These can be filled with our salted caramels, chocolate clusters or hand dipped pretzels.  

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Many of the Valentine's gift ideas cost about $17.50 and go up as high as $24.00. A great price that won't change after the holiday. 

Local delivery!

Thats right! If you live in the Phoenix metro area, we will gladly deliver your gift to home or office. If you wish to send to a coworker...we will deliver. A friend at home?...we will deliver. Anyone here locally  we are happy to deliver for you or deliver to you so you can give it personally. Whatever you like. We do charge a local delivery fee, however it is the same fee we charge holiday or not. It won't rise for VD...it is the same price always. 

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Have it shipped! 

We will gladly ship your item for you as well. We will wrap it differently to ensure there is no breakage but it will be delivered to that special someone as well. (Shipping fees based on where it's going) 

Get your orders in! 

Due to the fact that the cups and Pinatas are handmade AND they are to be delivered in time for  Valentine's Day, we need to recieve your orders ASAP! 

If you are delivering locally or shipping, we need to have orders in by Feb 6th so we have time to produce. If you are looking for gifts for clients or a party, please reach out to me vial email as soon as you can so I can prepare. I would love to discuss anything you need. 

Feel free to click on this link to the right to check out all our Valentine's gift ideas. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Hope you have a great day! 

Lolita💋 

 

A New Year, A New Review

 It's me! 

It's me! 

As I'm sitting here sipping my coffee (Lolita's Blend...shameless plug) I've been reviewing last year. Wow...did 2016 happen already? Where does the time go? My Mom always said that I needed to cherish each moment and don't wish your life away because it will fly by in a flash. 

It's that time of year where everyone is looking for a fresh start. Lose weight, more exercise, de-clutter & organize and start anew. I try my best to plan both personally & professionally....goals I wish to accomplish each year. Most years...I wasn't successful. I looked at the goals and saw many failures. However, I found that I never took the time to review the year before, see some of the goals I did complete and be thankful for what I did accomplish. As well as recounting all the wonderful things that happened during that time. Sometimes I met part of my goal but didn't look at it that way...I saw failure. Not anymore....

 A great resolution!  

A great resolution!  

2016 was about a new beginning. We moved back to Arizona to be closer to family, revamped Johnny Lolita's and Johnny has been focusing on his consultancy-Career Coaching. Although we left our recruitment world, it never left John...it followed him everywhere. So in addition of assisting me on the coffee/confections side...he's continuing his career coaching business. (Click here). In which I can assist him from time to time.  

Each year, there has been one thing that many who preach the power of goal setting, building your business, etc is to be a little more vulnerable and tell the world exactly what you're doing. I never wanted to for fear it was too personal...won't help me reach my goal,...why discuss it? In reading further, many explain that if no one knows what you're wanting to accomplish, how are you going to get there? This year, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and opening up. 

A quick review of 2016 and things we are thankful for:

  • Back in AZ and reconnecting with friends & family.
  • Started Johnny Lolita's and began building locally.
  • Successfully started to sell roasted coffee locally (Phoenix metro) via online sales, word-of-mouth, social media & events.
  • Maintained our current customers in TX, NM, PA, NY, GA, DC, TN, WA, FL, CO & CA.
  • Took my Food Handlers course, & received certification for cottage kitchen and began selling my confections and baked goods locally. Excited that it's been successful and building quickly.
  • Started custom gift containers and have sold to corporate accounts, realtors and individuals.
  • Did a couple of large events ( wedding & corporate) and sold "favors" & "thank you" gifts to attendees. 

When I take the time to review...I feel I am making progress. I appreciate everyone who has contacted me and given me the opportunity to roast fresh coffee and/or bake items for themselves, for gifts or some sort of event. Without you all OR "y'all...Johnny Lolita's would not be here. 

I truly L❤️VE what I am doing now. I love creating things that will put a smile on someone's face, I love talking to be people about "The Art of Coffee & Entertaining at home." The ability to create fun & creative ways to deliver gifts....I could blather on. 

Now here comes the hard part for me. Opening up and letting you in on my dreams I have for Johnny Lolita's. Okay....here it goes.

Goals for Johnny Lolita's: 

  • Have a small building (lease) with a commercial catering kitchen so I can build upon my confections/baking side of business
  • Start "Coffee parties" at customers' homes to educate on coffee, brewing & other fun accessories for the home.
  • Providing blogs on entertaining at home with coffee, and other fun ideas for the home.
  • Partcipate in at least 16 "boutique/events" to sell our products. 
  • Continue marketing our online sales of fresh roasted coffee shipped to your door. 
  • Market our local delivery of fresh roasted coffee to your home or office. 
  • Obtain a vintage trailer or some sort of mobile vehicle to revamp and utilize at events as well as weddings, birthdays or corporate events selling our fresh roasted coffee and sweets. 
  • Create new products (coffee accessories or other home products) to sell online. 
 This would be cool.  

This would be cool.  

The list above are my top goals I wish to accomplish for Johnny Lolita's in 2017. There are some lofty goals however I am willing to do the hard work it takes to see this become a reality. Of course I need your help...in your continued support of our small business. Letting us know if there is anything we can do for you. 

Johnny and I wish to thank all of you who have purchased our products and have supported our business. We wish to grow so please share our story and our business with others. We have our business on all social media platforms so please feel free to share. Whether you're on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest...the one that is your "social media of choice" please invite others to be a part of our community. We thank you in advance and wish everyone an awesome 2017.

Lolita💋 

 

 

Tis The Season For Gift Giving!

Wow! Wasn't it just Halloween? I can't believe that the holidays are here. We've been busy roasting and baking for several holiday events plus doing some fun catering and corporate gift giving for clients. 

 Coffee Gift Subscription

Coffee Gift Subscription

If you're in a quandary for gifts, you can always call me and see if there is something we can create and customize for you. In the meantime...here are some gift ideas to check out. 

A Gift of Coffee:  Like Cousin Eddie says in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,  "It's the gift that keeps on giving all year long." You can set up for any amount. You can order 1 bag or more to be locally delivered by hand or shipped on a monthly basis. Fresh roasted coffe delivered to your door and be charged on a math.y basis. You can choose how many months you wish to have coffee delivered...12 months, 6 months, 3 months or 1 month... Whatever you like. Just contact me to set up your gift subscription. 

 Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot Chocolate On A Stick:  who doesn't love a rich cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night. All you do is add your favorite hot milk, 2%, almond or soy, add your chocolate on a stick and stir.  Looking for a dark, rich Mocha Coffee...add one of these to your coffee. A rich dessert in your cup. Available in a 2,4 or 6 pack. We will wrap in festive ribbon. 

Salted Caramels:  Made fresh and with all natural ingredients. A sweet caramel chew with a hint of sea salt.  

 Salted Caramels, Coffee Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramels, Coffee Caramel Sauce

Half-N-Half:  How about a little coffee and hot chocolate? Great gift for co-workers, friends and family.  

Lolita's Coffee Caramel Sauce:  What a wonderful treat, dip your favorite fruit or pretzels, pour over ice cream or just grab a spoon. infused with our coffee gives you a hint of coffee to the caramel flavor. 

Merry Holy*Latte: A fun gift for anyone who loves a latte. A sample of fresh coffee, syrup,whisk and directions on how to make a latte at home. Wrapped in a cute burlap sack. We have choices of flavors too.

Lolita's Chocolate Clusters:  A popular sweet that goes great with coffee. Fresh roasted coffee beans and pecans dipped in a rich dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt to finish it off.  

 Chocolate Clusters, Holly*Latte Bag and Half-N-Half

Chocolate Clusters, Holly*Latte Bag and Half-N-Half

Mug Huggers:  A fun way to enjoy a mini gingerbread cookie with your coffee. Just hang it in the rim of your coffee cup. Sweet and spicy gingerbread with a lemon icing. Simple and delicious. Makes a great gift to set at the place settings for guests arriving for dinner, teachers or your awesome clients. We can make as many as you need just give us a call for larger orders. 

If you're looking to put something together in a container, contact me and let's create something special for you.  Be sure to check out our website for additional items we have. 

 Mug Huggers

Mug Huggers

When it comes to shipping, we are quickly approaching the cut-off date. With Christmas being on a Sunday you need to order now so we can fulfill by next week and ship out.  

Local deliveries have a little more time...give us a call and if you need something special for an event let me know how we can help.  

Wishing all of you a Merry, Happy and Joyous Holiday Season.  

Lolita 🎄 

 

Gingerbread Houses That Sits On Your Mug

Do you know what goes great with a cup of fresh roasted coffee from Johnny Lolita's? How about a cute "Mug Hugger"!

 House on a mug

House on a mug

I started playing around with the idea this summer. Always planning for the holidays. This is my own stencil design that I put together. This is not some brand new craze....it has been done before by others. 

However, I have been using an old family gingerbread recipe that makes the gingerbread stay consistent in size when baking and it has a great "ginger snap" taste. 

I use a royal icing recipe, however I use a meringue powder verses egg whites so that you don't have to worry about eating it right away. It is a "food safe" alternative. 

What a great gift to give someone you love. We can create a cute gift with a coffee mug, a mug hugger and some coffee! OR...you can mix it with our hot chocolate on a stick! 

 Realtor gifts, corporate gifts, family too

Realtor gifts, corporate gifts, family too

This make a great corporate gift or customer "thank you". Also great for realtors who are seeking some cute gifts they can give out with their business card attached. 

Taking orders now and I will have on the website soon. 

Lolita 💋

Providing "Concierge Service" For Your Coffee, Confections & Gift Needs

Concierge...You know who they are. You see them at your hotel when traveling. A wonderful customer service oriented professional looking to help you with what ever you desire. Searching for wonderful local places to eat?...your concierge will direct you to the best local haunts to enjoy wonderful dishes. How about unique stores???...he/she will provide you a list of fabulous boutiques or great finds that you won't see any where else. Ideas for the kids...you name it they are there to provide you that extra care and wonderful experience while staying in the area.

That is my desire for you here in the Phoenix Metro Area. My goal is to provide you fresh roasted coffee, delicious sweets & treats and other unique gifts made fresh and delivered to your home or office door. 

If you're in a bind and need a gift for a friend or coworker, you can order online and we can deliver to their door saving you some time and effort. How special it is to order a coffee subscription for a couple of months that is delivered fresh. Or create a small gift container of goodies wrapped and delivered with a note from you. I would love to assist you and customize gifts for you too. 

Here's a quick tutorial on ordering online and receiving local delivery in the Phoenix Metro area. I've taken some screenshots of my website as a walk through. I apologize if the pictures are not as crisp. I tried to make them clearer but it was not working. Hopefully you get the gist.

All you need to do is head to our website Johnny Lolita's

Hover your cursor over the "Shop Online" and click that page. 

Scroll down to the categories and click on the category you wish to shop. 

 Click on a category you'd like to view  

Click on a category you'd like to view  

 Screenshot of Coffee page and Sweets page  

Screenshot of Coffee page and Sweets page  

Click on item(s) you wish to purchase and click on the shopping cart and proceed to checkout. 

 This looks yummy... 

This looks yummy... 

 Submit and head to shipping/payment info page  

Submit and head to shipping/payment info page  

At the checkout screen you will fill out your email address so we can notify you that we received your order and let you know when your delivery is being made. 

 Enter email address to receive updates on your order

Enter email address to receive updates on your order

On the shipping section, fill in the address and person that the item(s) are going If it's for you or if you are sending to someone else. Be sure you enter the address that it is going to be delivered locally in the Phoenix Metro Area. 

 Enter the address I will be delivering the item(s). Be sure you click on the "LOCAL DELIVERY" shipping option.  

Enter the address I will be delivering the item(s). Be sure you click on the "LOCAL DELIVERY" shipping option.  

On the Section 3 is the section where you can leave us a specific note. If you are sending as a gift, include a message or if you are sending to your office, let me know. 

 Here you can write a personal message if it's a gift or provide me any additional details to your delivery such as delivering to office etc.  

Here you can write a personal message if it's a gift or provide me any additional details to your delivery such as delivering to office etc.  

You will then continue to the payment section and enter your credit card info. 

 Fresh roasted coffee

Fresh roasted coffee

That's it! You will receive an email confirming your purchase and I will be following up with you when the order is completed and ready for delivery.

When delivering in the Phoenix metro area, I will contact you or the person that is receiving the item(s) that I will be in the area for delivery to ensure I can deliver and/or drop off at a specific location etc. 

 Homemade caramels

Homemade caramels

You (or someone you gifted) will receive fresh roasted coffee, fresh homemade sweets and gifts right to their door!  

I love roasting coffee....I love developing great tasting coffee for you to enjoy at home with friends & family...or just on your own. I love providing a quality product and quality service. 

We also offer coffee & sweets for showers, corporate events, weddings, birthdays or any other special occasion you are having. We can provide gifts/favors for a few or many, just contact me, Lolita, with any questions you may have. 

 I'm waiting for your order  

I'm waiting for your order  

I look forward to providing you my "concierge service" and deliver you great tasting coffee, sweet delectables and any other items offered on our site. 

Lolita💋

 

Sharing Some Local L❤️VE

Yes...this has nothing to do with coffee or confections. However...Johnny and I want to share other things too. We really want this to be a place to learn...not only about coffee and sweets...but about cool stuff we might create or find along the way. Last weekend was a day of exploring and finding an adorable and unique shop!

 Johnny at Big Earl's

Johnny at Big Earl's

We decided to head up to Cave Creek for the day. We used to live in the area and hadn't had a chance to visit since we've moved back. Wow! Has the little town of Cave Creek grown. It is filled with delicious eateries and unique shops. 

We had lunch at a favorite place of ours "Big Earl's" for a tasty hamburger. Big Earl's was a great place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was one of our most popular stops when we lived up here. It was our reward for all the hill climbing we had accomplished on our bicycles. 

The town of Cave Creek reminds me of a little resort/vacation town. Lots of people and activity all around. A great place to sit and watch cool vintage cars and beautiful motorcycles cruise the main part of town. 

We decided to walk off our lunch and check out what's new. Super cool and unique shops...nothing "touristy" lots of handmade items and a couple of high end boutique stores for men and women carrying some of the hottest western inspired looks from brands I see in "Cowboys And Indians" magazine. 

 This photo is from yelp

This photo is from yelp

I wanted to tell you about a cute and unique shop tucked right off the main street. What caught my eye was the small sign they had out on the sidewalk. Attached was a sock that had something obnoxious printed on it and I started laughing. I had to go in. Needless to say, Johnny and I spent an hour in there. I've added a bunch of pictures....just enjoy. I loved all of them, even the foul mouthed one. I know, I'm sorry. 

 Walls of socks

Walls of socks

The shop is called Sockfish Trading Company. What a fun store that is all about socks...and other fun items. I love dark humor and I love obnoxious quotes and comments. I love that I can wear what I am feeling today and it's hidden under my jeans. 

 Great prices  

Great prices  

Another cool thing is that sometimes the really obnoxious comment is stated at the bottom of the sock that is tucked away in your boots or favorite shoes. So you know it's there. 

 Monkey Business  

Monkey Business  

They have a section of pet friendly socks for the dog and cat lovers in your lives. 

 Pet lovers  

Pet lovers  

Not to mention your favorite cocktail and coffee drinkers out there. There is something for everyone. 

 Coffee

Coffee

What a great gift to add this holiday season. Especially for men. In the corporate world they are restricted to suits and ties. They can get a little wild with a pair of brightly colored socks. I love to see a wild pair of socks peep out from a gentleman's suit. Shows their fun & crazy side. 

 all shapes, colors and sizes  

all shapes, colors and sizes  

Walls and walls of socks even for a wedding party.

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Another plus...these are very well made. They are soft and comfortable. They have all styles from knee socks to crew socks and the red style as well. 

 Many styles and themes  

Many styles and themes  

 Lots of laughs

Lots of laughs

It was just a fun place to shop and enjoy all the fun items they sell. They had bright colored baseball style caps, scarves and purses for women. Additional cheeky items like these gum packs with funny slogans printed. What a great place to put together a fun gift basket.

 Packs of gum  

Packs of gum  

 Johnny's camping themed socks  

Johnny's camping themed socks  

I encourage all my Phoenix area friends to check out Sockfish Trading Company  in the town of Cave Creek. Johnny purchased a pair to start his collection. If you don't live in the area, that's okay...they have a wonderful website to view their beautiful and fun socks. Click on the links I've included to go right to their website. 

Lolita 💋

 

Happy National Coffee Day

Ahhh......Coffee! The world's most life-giving and legal drug. Coffee makes me awesome, Coffee solves everything, Life begins after my coffee, Coffee-it maintains my sunny personality! (wink, wink, smiley face)

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I've always loved coffee, even as a child, my parents fixed me coffee. It was more milk and sugar than coffee then...however I always loved the flavor. 

I know we have these "National Day Of ___________ (Fill in the blank). Donut Day, Pizza Day, Beer Day, Acorn Squash Day, Make Your Bed Day (Yes, it is real)...I can go on and on. 

Regardless, this is a great day, C-O-F-F-E-E! 

So early this morning before I begin roasting, I am enjoying a cup of our Brazil Dark Roast. It's a cloudy day and a sprinkling of light rain every now and then. A perfect morning. 

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I'm very thankful where I am. I love doing what I do and I hope to continue and grow this tiny little business. I am thankful for this wonderful cup of coffee bean goodness and constantly amazed at how this coffee was planted and raised thousand of miles away, watched over, cared for and then harvested. The farmers that work so tirelessly to deliver a perfect cup to their customers around the world. 

To honor National Coffee Day, I am donating money to farmers to plant coffee trees to help build a sustainable environment. To continue the ability to deliver wonderful coffee to my coffee cup each day! 

Now...back to my coffee....

Lolita 💋

 

Coffee & Caramel Together...With A Little Sea Salt.

I've been at it again....Playing with food. (wink, wink, smiley face). Actually, I challenged myself to create a caramel sauce that would be great for ice cream, dipping fruit (like green apples, yum!) or just sticking a spoon in. However...I wanted a true strong flavor of coffee and I think I nailed it. 

 Beautiful color, wonderful coffee flavor.  

Beautiful color, wonderful coffee flavor.  

Behold... (dramatic entry music) Lolita's Coffee Caramel Sauce with a little sea salt. I've had several taste testers sampling the sauce. Of course Johnny said that the only one that should matter is him. It really came out smooth with a very strong coffee flavor. I am always discouraged when something touts "coffee flavor" and you really can't taste the coffee. This will not disappoint. The coffee lovers in your life will love it too. 

I added a hint of sea salt that really sets it off. Enjoy with fresh fruit...it's great for dipping. You could also dip some of your favorite graham crackers or short bread. Top your ice cream with a spoonful of caramel sauce...or maybe two spoonfuls. 

I'm really excited and perfect timing for the Fall and Holiday season. It will make a great gift for your favorite teacher (along with an apple). Perfect to give to client, customers or favorite accounts in the corporate world. I will package in a flat style 1/2 pint size. This cool "big mouth" jar is perfect should you plan to dip straight from the jar...there is plenty of room.

 Ready to give...  

Ready to give...  

We will have it up on our website soon. However, if you're interested and need to order, feel free to reach out to me via email shawn@johnnylolitas.com. I am happy to take any pre-orders or to discuss needs for events, clients or customer "Thank You's"...I am happy to accommodate all. 

Lolita 💋 

Turquoise Trail Now Lolita's Blend

I know I have caused a bit of confusion over the last several weeks with our customers. I apologize that I didn't forward people of the name change of our favorite "House" coffee. Turquoise Trail is now called Lolita's Blend. So, why the name change? 

Because I love making you all crazy...(wink wink, smiley face). Seriously...my goal is NOT to make you crazy. So I am truly sorry that I had people in a panic. I received several calls and emails asking why I was no longer making Turquoise Trail?!!! Why would I remove that  blend from our line up of coffee. That was their favorite coffee!!! 

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On our website, I guess I didn't make it very clear that it was still the same wonderful blend only the name had changed. I didn't realize when you go to the shopping page that people are seeking Turquoise Trail and not seeing that listed, they assumed it was gone. It's not it just has a new name. 

So, why the name change? Johnny and I have discussed this ad nauseam. He always wanted me to name the blend after me, since I was the one that created it. I was always looking for a different name other than mine. So for the last 3+ years, I have been listening to Johnny tell me that I should use my name. 

Well, I finally gave in. It is STILL the rich delicious flavor you have enjoyed with Turquoise Trail. The ONLY thing that has changed is the name... I love this coffee. It is a blend of two high quality single origin beans delivering a smooth full body and rich taste. You can taste the smooth richness of cocoa, caramel/nutty flavor with a slight citrus finish. We roast each single origin bean separately, roasting one dark and one medium roast. A wonderful combination for any coffee lover. 

It is our #1 seller and it is not going anywhere. I appreciate all of my loyal customers and friends who were upset for removing Turquoise Trail coffee. It's there with a new name...Lolita's Blend. 

Lolita 💋