Notes Coffee Company, located at 508 Armistice Blvd. in Pawtucket, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony as it officially opened its doors on Friday.
The business, co-owned by Yesenia Rubio and Yesenia Figueroa, brands itself as “Something we think you’ll love, served with soul.”
Mayor Don Grebien was in attendance, as well as multiple patrons and the families of Rubio and Figueroa.
Notes’ name came to be because of Rubio’s passion for music.
“I’m an artist and a musician myself, and I used to work in marketing. I used to be in coffee shops all the time, so I wanted to merge something that we enjoyed and a place where we could offer arts and creativity and music,” Rubio said.
The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on small businesses has been significant. It affected Notes’ opening as well, with Rubio describing the process of opening up during the pandemic as “a rollercoaster of emotions.”
Despite this, Notes’s opening was filled with optimism, both from the owners and from the patrons who filled the shop.
“We’re happy to be here,” Rubio said. “We’ve got to remain positive and we’re truly grateful with the help that we’ve gotten in so many different ways. It’s been incredible.”
Grebien also noted the difficulties of opening the shop during the age of COVID, stating “Just a new business in itself is challenging, but in these times? To them, it means so much to the community.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at noon, with Grebien giving a short speech before he, Rubio, and Figueroa cut the ribbon.
“From the city’s perspective, we’re excited about a new business opening, but we’re really excited and we’re all invested together in Yesenia and Yesenia,” Grebien said.
Ultimately, Rubio and Figueroa want Notes to be known as a place where art and music can thrive, where a community can rest, and where good discussions can be cultivated.
“It’s about the music, the artists, and the creativity, and I think we have a fantastic community around us,” Rubio said.
This was the first article that I wrote professionally, and was published in the July 22 edition of The Valley Breeze.