One of the most common question I am asked is, "who is Norma?". To which I reply, my grandmother. This answer tells you very little about the wonderful woman who inspired the love of food and community behind our shop.
She was the quintesential home-maker; full of joy, warmth and family values. Her smile was contagious and so was her passion for cooking.
I want to take a minute to share a tiny glimpse into her life. Norma fell madly in love with her High School sweetheart, Gilbert Williams. They married at the age of eighteen and had three wonderful children together.
I will never forget my visit with them in 1993, just months before my grandfather passed away. I was snuggled up with a blanket by the fireplace my grandfather had built for my grandmother as she read to me from her journal. You would have thought she was reading to me from her newly wed days by the way she gushed, but it was a recent journal entry. Her eyes lit up as she described what a handsome and caring man my grandfather was and how much she still loved him.
In October of 2011 my grandmother, Norma, passed away. We opened our shop just 8 months later. Though she didn't drink coffee for religious reasons, I believe that she would be proud of her name sake and the joy it brings me to remember her on a daily basis.
-Crystal River Williams