Friday, November 26, 2010

get more family.

we're finally seeing some east coast mentality in our town; the good kind.  nyc has been hip to the joys of communal dining for a while now. of course, the idea of people coming together at meal time is older than nyc itself, or any city for that matter. sharing a meal, or the experience of hunting or gathering, is part of our dna. it's been beautiful to see this resurgence of the family style dining table in restaurants across the globe. i started taking note the first time i spent a considerable amount of time in london, and then again in berlin, greece, barcelona and, eventually, salt lake city. and while we're seeing more of these eateries and restaurants popping up lately in our neighborhoods, it's good to see the same from a coffee shop.  

mariha is a barista at tulie bakery, a phenomenal sweet spot that showed up in the 9th & 9th area in 2008.  a big part of why she loves it here is why you should, too; the owner's promotion of community.  the only tables in tulie promote communal dining.  sit down, and you're more than likely doing so with someone else, which is probably why they have a solid customer base of locals.  and another thing...there's no wi-fi in tulie. primitive? maybe. completely necessary to bring the world back from iphone outer darkness? absolutely.  as it turns out, people actually do like talking to others. while  some may not appreciate the minimalist approach -- from the color palette, to the placement of the tables, to the absence of the internet -- i'm hoping that there are many more who will see it for what it is; all you need for an amazing pastry, cup of coffee and a chat. 

the inside of the bakery impresses me as much as their community ideals.  it's an incredibly pared-down design aesthetic, and it works.  it's beautifully basic, so that only the people inside really stand out.  mariha thinks the success of tulie lies in the fact that they're "customer-based and have the best pastries in town"i can't argue this point, as it's the life-changing tulie gingerbread cookie that broke my 3 month no-wheat/no-dairy streak.
when individual clients feel a sense of community, it breeds success in a small business.  what better way to start than seating them next to their neighbor at a table full of pastries?  good work tulie (and if you'd like to throw me a free gingerbread cookie, i cordially accept).  go have a family "meal" with your neighbors.  you can find them at 863 east 700 south.

7 comments:

TESSA said...

Cody- I've been so busy soaking in your amazing photos and ideas, I forgot to thank you for sharing all of your insider tips. I feel like you're opening my eyes to my own city. I may have grown up here, but every time I read your blog, I learn something new. And the amazing thing is that these are all your clients! I can't wait to see who will be featured next!!

Leigh Anne said...

I can hardly wait to check it out! I've enjoyed many meals served "family style" back east and love that cozy, community feeling that comes from sharing a meal. Being new to slc, we really appreciate your blog. Always a source for a find!

cody derrick said...

awwww, thanks guys. i guess i'll keep writing them. just for you two. :)

bryon said...

What an incredible place! You're only making me miss Salt Lake City more and more. Definitely keep 'em coming Cody. I always enjoy your posts.

Jade and Michael said...

Cody, are you a photographer in your other life? You take amazing pictures! I might make you take photos of Max if you say, Yes!

This looks like a cool little place and will definitly have to take the family down there to check it out! I feel so out of the "SLC/Sugarhouse" scene now since we live a little further south! But I will drag the boys out and get some coffee and treats soon!

cody derrick said...

i'm starting to think that this blog is going to be less about me supporting the community and more about me having my ego stroked. :) thanks jade. i don't know how qualified i am to take pictures of max- but i would love to give it a shot.

Anonymous said...

Cody, love your blog! It is great for people like me who are just relocating even part time to SLC. Tulie bakery brings back thoughts not only of my life in Boston but Berkeley as well so it was fun to read. Thanks