Our community for creating and marketing Words, Music, and Village

You all make me happier than anything, even more than my tea addiction. (Photo by my tea-sharing friend Andrea Beaulieu.)

See this grin? That’s me, sharing creative works and ideas with you. (Photo by my tea-sharing friend Andrea Beaulieu.)

I’m so glad you’ve found my little online community! Here,we share ideas to create and market better writing, music, and “village.”

Throw in a few “Coffee CommuniTea” coffee and tea-shop reviews, and we’re golden, right? What better places for writing, enjoying music, and creating village?

I’ll also link you up with some word-of-mouth (WOM) strategies, stemming from my marketing background as owner of Videan Unlimited, LLC.

Our goal is to generate success together, using fresh tactics to get the ‘verse buzzing about our—and others’—cool creative endeavors.

Come on in and join us…
Ann

Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan
Write • Edit • Self-publish • Word-of-mouth

P.S. Learn more about my novels on Google+.

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Coffee CommuniTea form: Add your own favorite tea/coffee shop

Add your favorite tea or coffee shop to this community! I’m looking for hot spots all over the world, so please share any place you truly admire.

Ann at Carmel's Cafe in Phoenix, AZ

Ann at Carmel’s Cafe in Phoenix, AZ

I created the Coffee CommuniTea blog  because I deal with a lot of indie businesses and authors, and — since I love connecting people and ideas — what better place to do it than a coffee or tea shop? Besides, I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in such venues.

I already covered many of my favorite hot spots on this site, but want to include your favorites, as well. I would be delighted to add your perfect little meeting place for a “cuppa.”

Simply copy my “Coffee CommuniTea” form (below) into the comments, and fill it out. Or, you can print it out, complete the form, and email it to avidean@videanunlimited.com. 

I will follow up with the owner/manager to fill out any missing details, secure photos, and post everything to this site. Cheers!

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Coffee CommuniTea Blog
Contributor Form

Contributor: (your name, city, state, and other contact info you wish to make available, even a mug shot – pun intended)

Today’s Cup o’ Tea (name of shop, its city/state location, its Web site and/or best online site, with its owners’ names and contact emails)

Perks (what I really like!)

Share a Cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name)

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

The Grind (what I would change)

The Grounds (location)

Tea Times (hours)

Yelp rating: ____ stars from ___ reviews

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Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan
Write • Edit • Self-publish • Word-of-mouth
avidean@videanunlimited.com

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Coffee CommuniTea: Talebu Coffee & Wine Bar – Chandler, AZ

Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Talebu Coffee & Wine Bar—Chandler, AZ

Sweet spot in Chandler, AZ.  Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

Sweet spot in Chandler, AZ.
Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

Perks (what I really like!)

  • Use of Coffee Kids Grounds For Hope, which supports projects in coffee-farming communities throughout Latin America to help confront their communities’ most pressing needs.
  • 20% discount for military or veterans
  • Free wi-fi

    In a hurry? You can get your caffeine on the run here. Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

    In a hurry? You can get your caffeine on the run here.
    Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

  • Plenty of comfy seating, also high and low table for conversation, meetings or work
  • Drive-through lane!

 

Share a Cuppa (the stories)

This spot was recommended by Shayne Gardner, owner of Flex & Relax Muscle Therapy.

Ah, a cuppa and a couch! Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

Ah, a cuppa and a couch!
Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

 

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

    • Nice, loose-tea selection in the Specialty Tea Bar
    • Great coffee
    • Smoothies
    • Pastries
    • Gourmet sandwiches
    • Salads
    • Wine
Cool local art and gathering areas. Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

Cool local art and gathering areas.
Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

 

The Grind (what I would change)

I found the metal chairs slightly stiff, but as soon as I moved to a couch, I settled in nicely.

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

  • Live music by local musicians
  • Drop-in open mic nights
  • Exhibitions by local fine artists
  • Spacious venue
  • Quiet atmosphere (mid-day)

The Grounds (location)
2095 N. Alma School Rd., #2
Chandler, AZ 85224
480.899.9633
info@talebucoffee.com

Tea Times (hours)
M        6 a.m.–9 p.m.
T–F    6 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sa       6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Su       7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars from 21 reviews

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

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Brilliant idea to turn subway turnstiles into music

NYC deserves as much beauty underground as it does topside, don't you think? Photo: ©2008 ANVidean

NYC deserves as much beauty underground as it does topside, don’t you think?
Photo: ©2008 ANVidean

Leave it to a musician to think of a way to make the New York subways more beautiful! Musician James Murphy suggests, in this video, how the city might replace the unpleasant turnstile notes that benefit sightless folk, with harmonic tones to please everyone. Tuned notes would chime as people pass through the turnstiles, making music instead of mismatched sounds. He also suggests a way that won’t cost the city additional monies.

Eric Whitacre answers audience questions at ASU, Oct. 24.  Photo: ©ANVidean 2013

Eric Whitacre answers audience questions at ASU, Oct. 24.
Photo: ©ANVidean 2013

Did I mention “brilliant?”

Thank you, composer Eric Whitacre for yet another wonderful share. You always demonstrate such exceptional ideas on how music can benefit our lives!

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Coffee CommuniTea: Carmel’s Breakfast House – Phoenix, AZ

 Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Carmel’s Breakfast House, Phoenix, AZ
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Carmel's Breakfast House

A charming little stop for conversation and delectable goodies.
[Patrick requested black-and-white photos to represent its vintage.]
Photo: @2014 ANVidean

Share a cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name)

Patrick Flanigan trains his baristas well... you'll love the coffee presentation. Photo: @2014 ANVidean

Patrick Flanigan trains his baristas well…
you’ll love the coffee presentation.
Photo: @2014 ANVidean

Owner Patrick Flanigan named Carmel’s for his mother, who was quite a character, and “would have loved this place.” He said he used to haunt another Phoenix coffee shop every morning before work as a TV weatherman and media salesman, studied coffee roasting, and always wanted to own a coffee shop. Three years ago, in 2011, his dream came true when the current location — a cozy, urban vintage 1940s house –became Carmel’s home.

I love me a beautiful patio! Photo: @2014 Mary-Ann Hart

I love me a beautiful patio!
Photo: @2014 Mary-Ann Hart

Perks (what I really like!)

  • Homespun, comfortable atmosphere, conducive to conversation
  • Friendly, knowledgeable baristas
  • Patio seating
  • Free wi-fi

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Chef Miguel Pliego serves up delectable breakfast fare and sandwiches all day, plus his homemade breads and freshly baked croissants
  • Well-trained baristas brew up a wide range of coffee drinks, with a beautiful presentation
  • Good loose tea selection
  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice
Carmel's unique step paintings.

Watch your step!
Photo: @2014 ANVidean

The Grind (what I would change)

Actually, I loved everything about this friendly place, even the unique art used to identify the stair steps.

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
Carmel’s specializes as a venue where people actually talk with one another. Here, conversations range from arts and humanities to sports and family…the gambit of life experiences. Yes, you may access a free wi-fi connection, but your fellow patrons typically aren’t staring at computer screens, they’re building relationships.

Carmel's interior

Cozy chic.
Photo: @2014 ANVidean

The Grounds (location)
4225 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019
(480) 626-0020

Tea Times (hours)
M–Su. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Yelp rating: 4 Stars (70 reviews)

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I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so it seemed natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

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Sleep to dream… Listen to my son’s dreams.

Five-song demo release, week of Feb. 10–15. © 2014 Cutter Videan

Five-song demo release, week of Feb. 10–15.
© 2014 Cutter Videan

I like to support young creatives, especially when it involves music… and, even more so, when it’s my son’s compositions.

Check out Cutter Videan’s five-song demo releasing this week, one song per day, on tumblr and bandcamp.

The first 200 downloads are free!

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Top Design Resources to Create Compelling Books

#14 Writing Tip:  Top design resources to create compelling books—Step 2 Interior page layout

Interior page layout of Rhythms & Muse. ©2014 ANVidean

Interior page layout of Rhythms & Muse.
©2014 ANVidean

So, you completed writing your manuscript, and created a cover design with images to compel readers to pick up your book. The next step involves the production of its interior page layout.

You may think of this as a slam-dunk exercise, but it can require quite a bit of knowledge about word-processing or design programs. It takes into consideration the size of the book pages, width of margins, size of fonts, page number location, graphic images, and more. Making all these elements work well together requires quite a bit of skill with specific software programs.

Attention to detail can make a book more compelling. Like using a treble clef ampersand to tie in my book's music theme.  ©2014 ANVidean

Attention to detail can make a book more compelling. Like using a treble clef ampersand to tie in my book’s music theme.
©2014 ANVidean

I suggest hiring a knowledgeable designer to handle interior layout for you. Higher-cost options may involve independent designers or services provided by vanity presses and print-on-demand companies. Low-cost alternatives range from independent formatting and production experts, to do-it-yourself software such as:

  • Word processors like Microsoft Word, and Scrivener
  • Layout programs like Adobe InDesign and Quark Express
  • Hybrid software like Microsoft Publisher and Apple Pages

A very helpful entry at The Book Designer blog describes all these options in-depth.

You’re welcome to contact me to discuss what tools and resources worked for me, and what I recommend to clients.

P.S. Do you have a secret to share about managing a book’s interior page layout ? Feel free to comment below.

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Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan
Write • Edit • Self-publish • Word-of-mouth
avidean@videanunlimited.com

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Coffee CommuniTea: Lo Fi Coffee Roastery – Mesa, AZ

Today’s Cup o’ Tea

Lo Fi Coffee Roastery
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Downtown Mesa hot spot:  coffee at a music club, what's not to love!  Photo: ©2013 ANVidean ©2013

Downtown Mesa hot spot: coffee at a music club, what’s not to love!
Photo: ©2014 ANVidean ©2013

Perks (what I really like!)

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Friendly baristas
  • Spacious environment graced with art featuring musicians
  • Comfy seating

    Picture yourself here, relaxing and enjoying a conversation, or some fine local music. Ahh! Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

    Picture yourself here, relaxing and enjoying a conversation, or some fine local music. Ahh!
    Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

  • Quiet atmosphere
  • All baked goods made in-house
  • This quote from their marketing: “No business is perfect and we don’t want to be perfect! We just want to be a coffee shop that is always striving for excellence while maintaining a degree of uniqueness!”

Share a cuppa (the stories about the owner, building, history, name)

Co-owners Sam Clark and Randy Denton formed the idea for Lo Fi in December 2010 when they discussed opening up a coffee cart inside of the “front room” of The Nile Theater, an all-age rock club in downtown Mesa, AZ. The coffee cart concept eventually evolved into a coffee shop and, thus, they turned a dark lonely storefront on Main St. into a coffee shop. They first flipped on the open sign on June 14, 2011.

“Lo Fi” Coffee comes from the term low fidelity. Low Fidelity is often a term related to vinyl records, describing the scratched and flawed sound one often associates with them. The idea is engrained in the coffee shop decor and environment.

You know you want a home-made bagel and a fresh-roasted cuppa to improve your day. Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

You know you want a home-made bagel and a fresh-roasted cuppa to improve your day.
Photo: ©2014 ANVidean

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Bagel sandwiches
  • Nice loose tea assortment
  • Specialty coffees made with hand-roasted beans from Randy’s Xanadu Coffee Co., located behind the Phoenix Farmers Market in downtown Phoenix, AZ. As its owner operator he has roasted coffee since approximately 2009.

The Grind (what I would change)

Nothin’! It may be called Lo Fi, but a more appropriate name might be “Hi Fi,” because this place certainly serves up a high fidelity experience.

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

  • Start with its affiliation with the Nile Theatre. Cool.
  • They offer extended hours.
  • They host concerts for touring artists, as well as singer/songwriter nights for local and aspiring musicians. (Lo Fi Coffee allows only original music to play live on the premises.)

The Grounds (location)

105 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(SW corner of MacDonald and Main, inside the Nile Theatre)

Tea Times (hours)

M.–W. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Th.–Sa. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Su. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Yelp rating:

4 stars from 25 reviews

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