We care about Womencare, and you should too.

Think about your favorite space in your home. Close your eyes and picture it. What comes to mind? What do you envision? Is it a cozy chair, full in the sun and with your favorite book? Is it a dark corner and comfy pillows and a good cup of coffee, snuggling a beloved pet? Is it a chair in your kitchen, surrounded by the warmth of your family?

Now picture this. For many women and children in our community, home isn’t a safe space. There is no bright window, no laughter in the kitchen. Instead, there is pain. There is the place the child hides while their mom is beaten. There are shattered remains of a favorite cup, of a mirror, of a cell phone. There are hidden and quiet tears, desperation of circumstance and hopelessness. There is fear. There is anywhere but Home Sweet Home.

Here are some sobering statistics:

-1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

-Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

-Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.

-Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%.)

Here in Bellingham, we are fortunate enough to have several outstanding organizations that help combat these heartbreaking statistics, one family at a time, one story at a time. One such organization that we have partnered with in the past is Womencare Shelter.

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Womencare’s Mission statement: (From their website at www.womencareshelter.org)

“Womencare Shelter is an empowerment-based organization working to end domestic violence by providing emergency, confidential shelter, 24-hour crisis support services and community education.”

For the month of July, we at the Black Drop would like to invite you to join with us in supporting Womencare’s mission and helping victims of domestic violence in our community.

Introducing the Home Sweet Home latte. Only served in 12 oz size, a healthy dose of molasses and a sprinkling of ginger with two shots of espresso and expertly steamed milk warms your hands and your tummy and brings to mind batches of cookies and the smell of baking, without being overpoweringly sweet. At $4.50 including tax, this drink is the same price as many of our other much beloved creations like the Black Widow and the Just Like Heaven, except this one comes with a community hug. For EACH AND EVERY Home Sweet Home latte we sell during the month of July, The Black Drop will donate $1 to Womencare Shelter. We will also have a donation jar on the counter for you, in case you’d like to donate but molasses ain’t your thang.

Please help us to help women and children right here in our community who are living in the nightmare of not having a space to call Home Sweet Home. Come spend some time with us, buy a drink, help us donate to Women Care, and support this vital community resource.

So much love. We’ll see you at the Drop!

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4th of July and Sundays

 


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Here at the Black Drop, we love a good time. That being said, we know that every time we close for a holiday, our customers stand in our doorway, looking longingly inside and possibly shedding a tear.

We have heard you, loves of our hearts!

We are OPEN this 4th of July until 2 p.m.

And? Even better news! For the remainder of the summer and into the Fall, the Black Drop is RE-OPENING on Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No longer will your Sundays suffer from inferior coffee and Black Drop withdrawl! Come down on this slower day of the week. Sit a while in the sunshine at one of our many outside tables and chairs. Soak in the sweet, lazy feeling of Downtown Bellingham on a sunny summer Sunday.

We’ll see you at the Drop!

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Zombies Vs. Survivors V: Watch your aim!!

During our Save our City: Zombies vs. Survivors V, water balloons are the ammo and your aim is important!! Don’t miss, or you’ll become one of the horde!

video credit: Merrilee D. Photography

 

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Zombies: No coffee for you (Save our City V: Zombies vs. Survivors)

Zombies love coffee too. Unfortunately, they can’t get it.

(Video credit: Merrilee D. Photography)

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We’re comin’ to get ya…

Zombies are coming. They’ve been spotted in alleyways around town. Be on the lookout, y’all.

(Video credit Merrilee D. Photography)

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Zombies vs Survivors V

Alright, here it is everyone.  The time you’ve been waiting for all year!  ZOMBIES VS SURVIVORS V!!!

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First time hearing about zombies?  Here’s the skinny.  Every year the Black Drop Coffeehouse takes over downtown with a massive game of water balloon tag.  “Survivors” are left to defend themselves from a horde of “Zombies” with nothing but their wits and water balloons!  Zombies can infect survivors with the smallest of touches!  MAYHEM ENSUES!  At the end of the day we use all of the left over balloons to have a HUGE water fight in Maritime Heritage park! This year, we’re even more excited to announce that we’re OFFICIALLY a City of Bellingham event! Our amazing City of Bellingham Department of Parks and Recreation has signed on for event co-sponsor this year! THANK YOU BELLINGHAM!!

Tons of prizes, a competitive team-based side game, and tons of great family friendly fun.  Last year we had well over 200 people playing!

First off, you’ll have to sign the waiver! If you’re under 18, it MUST be signed by your parent or guardian for you to participate!! http://tinyurl.com/zombiesSOSwaiver

Here’s a link to the general rules - http://tinyurl.com/Zombie-vs-Survivor-Rules

For the objective-based team game, we have a preregistration form for you to fill out and e-mail to us.  The form is here: http://tinyurl.com/Team-Registration-Form

And here are the rules for the team based play: http://tinyurl.com/Team-Based-Rules

In addition, we will be having a team-based costume competition this year!

This year, the event will be professionally photographed by Merrilee from Merrilee D. Photography with the addition of a photo booth style setup to commemorate your zombie get-up!

Our friends over at Whatcom Talk are writing up a feature on us, and will be showcasing some of the awesome info about this year’s event!

We’re partnering with Fiamma Burger who will be offering a special zombie milkshake the week of the event… bring your receipt with your milkshake purchase on it to receive 10% off your order at the Black Drop!

Our friends at The Shakedown are getting in on the zombie action too, helping sponsor this year’s event!

Always ready to help enrich our Downtown neighborhood, our good friends Marissa and Sara at The Bureau of Historical Investigation have joined in, and also agreed to be one of the important “objective” destinations for team play.

Once again, favorite downtown accessory purveyor ModSock is jumping to be an event sponsor, with prize donations for team winners as well as grab bag goodies!

Our buddies over at Dakota Art have agreed to provide gift certificates for prize winners!

and our amazing partner (graphic artist/web guru/advertising mastermind) Django over at Seatthole is helping with shirts and posters and zombie info and general awesomeness.

Stay tuned for more information about prizes, and more sponsor info as it becomes available!


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The Mystery of Coffee

The Mystery of Coffee Revealed

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Thank You!

Black Drop Coffeehouse Crew 2013
Black Drop Coffeehouse Zombie Crew 2013

Thanks to everyone who helped make Save Our City IV: Zombie vs. Survivors a great event. We had a record turnout this year. Over 200 people, 20 teams and everyone had a great time. Beautiful day, beautiful day, beautiful city. We could not have done it without out you. Much gratitude all around.

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A Few Water Balloons

Thanks to the Friday Night Water Balloon Filling Crew! We filled up a couple of thousand water balloons.

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Black Drop Staff Hard at Work

Thank to everyone who came out early Saturday to help with the pre-event and load in.

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Loading Up The Doug Truck

And thanks to all of our amazing participants, young and old, zombie and survivor.

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The Doctors…
Black Drop Crew 2013

Zombie Beauty with Zombie Kids

And to our employees. Y’all are beautiful and the best crew we have ever had!

Black Drop Crew 2013

Black Drop Zombie Crew 2013

And to all of the Black Drop Regulars who tolerated us being closed for a day!

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Photo by Thom Davis

And thanks to all who attended and made it such a beautiful event. We all look forward to next year!

Zombie Crowd

Photo by Tad Beavers

And thanks to Nick Gonzales and the Bellingham Herald for the beautiful photos and coverage: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/06/08/3044742/save-our-city-zombies-versus-survivors.html

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Photo by Nick Gonzales

And thanks to all of our sponsors who provided us with great gifts, stickers, coupons and helped to promote the event.

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Merch Bot

An extra special love thanks to Django for supplying stickers and shirts and general all around helpfulness.

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Film Is Truth

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Eagles
Goat Mountain Pizza

Goat Mountain Pizza

ModSock

ModSock

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Unknown Board Shop

Finally, thanks to the Bellingham Parks Department and the City of Bellingham for allowing us to fill Maritime Heritage Park and the downtown core with Zombies.

City of Bellingham

City of Bellingham

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Save Our City IV: Zombies vs. Survivors on June 8th at Maritime Heritage Park

Black Drop Coffeehouse: Save Our City IV: Zombies vs Survivors (with water-balloons)

The Black Drop Coffeehouse presents Save Our City IV:  Zombies Vs. Survivors!

Saturday, June 8th. Maritime Heritage steps, 1 p.m. start time.

Our BEST and MOST FUN annual event, in its 4th year!!

This year, more objectives, more prizes, more balloons, more gore, more fun!!  Start planning your teams and strategy, folks!

Here, as promised, are the Official Rules for Zombies Vs. Survivors IV objective based play, Team Pre-registration forms (follow the link to email them to us) and Liability Waiver. Participants must have a SIGNED waiver (also signed by parent or guardian if under 18) to play. Teams must have a registered Team Name and all players must be listed (for ease of prize giving!) We will have some forms on hand at the event, but if you bring your already signed stuff, we get to play THAT MUCH FASTER. Also, no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to play WITHOUT a signed waiver with an emergency contact. (Keepin’ it safe, y’all….)

Link for Rules: http://tinyurl.com/p96vdqz
Link for Waiver: http://tinyurl.com/njwfo69
Link for Team Registration: http://tinyurl.com/ofoqw34

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The Black Drop Coffee House: Save Our City IV: Zombies vs. Survivors 2013

From The Black Drop Zombie News Network ZNN:

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Black Drop Retro NBA JAM Tournament!

Black Drop Retro NBA JAM Tournament!

The Black Drop presents our latest retro gaming night! We’ll be doing an NBA JAM tournament as the main event as well as having a few other retro gaming stations (Mario Cart 64 anyone?).

As always the event will be free and we will be serving our full menu until close. Come on down and enjoy some old school gaming fun, amazing coffee, and good times!

We’ve got some amazing sponsors this time around including Goat Mountain Pizza, Eagles Games and Hobby, Film is Truth, Merchbot, and Mod Sock!

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