Wow we have so much to look forward to at the H&H Company in 2014 with two new restaurants opening this year! But before we dive into that let’s do a quick recap of the craziness that went down in 2013.

We opened The Makery in June and have held some awesome workshops these past few months such as Calligraphy, Screen Printing, Knitting and Sewing. They've also hosted really fun events like Sip, Shop & Make where friends joined us at The Makery for a night of libations, discounted shopping and crafting.

Since The Botanist opened in July it’s been flourishing with new potted plants, succulents, arrangements and vintage gifts. Our Botanist, Marisa Lyssand, has been arranging and styling different types of flowers for her customers and is doing an amazing job adding her special touch to make each arrangement unique.

We opened Red Racer Hobby Shop in June and since then it’s become a mecca for custom slot cars and racing them on the track. They’ve added great new products such as Hexbug, eitech and Gibbon and have been working hard to keep inventory new and exciting.

Bumble, Area 151 and PLAY all had a very strong year. At Bumble Chef Brian West revamped the menu and added new savory dishes like the Huevos Rancheros and French Omelette. He also added a new cocktail menu that includes morning must drinks like a Bloody Mary for those day drinkers as well as a Margarita and Old Fashion for those looking for a nightcap. Play and Area 151 have been keeping busy with special events and birthday parties almost every week! PLAY had some great new performers this year like Mr. Palindrome and his silly songs which was a huge hit with the kids.

Now onto 2014! We are ecstatic about what the future holds for our current businesses and even more ecstatic about opening new ones. We’re constantly working to keep our products, menu, classes and workshops exciting to fulfill our guests needs and wants. At The Botanist we acquired a fancy new van and will now be making deliveries! The Makery will be doing a Tuesday Night ‘Craft Club’ from 6-8pm where a new craft will be introduced every week. There will be complimentary champagne and 15% off all retail. Drop ins welcome or sign up for a whole series. We'll also be doing ‘Courtyard Series’ classes put on by Play, The Makery and Red Racer starting at the end of January. There will be Yoga classes, race car building, crafting, plus many others, happening in the courtyard. More details on that coming soon!

It’s hard to miss the construction going down on First Street these days. Our newest edition to The H&H Company in 2014 will be Forest on First! We’ll be opening our doors at the end of January and cannot wait for you to step inside our new cafe. Once inside you’ll be transformed into a beautiful woodland space inclusive of a custom-made ‘Treehouse’ play structure for the kids. The Treehouse was designed and built by Barbara Butler and her team using hand-crafted redwood and eucalyptus. The kids are going to love it!

In the Forest kitchen they’ll be serving up an exciting and innovative menu pioneered by our Executive Chef, Tyler Morrish whose vision for Forest includes a twist on cafe classics by incorporating California flavor and using locally sourced produce. The menu will consist of items such as quiches, fresh-baked coffee cakes and scones, salads and sandwiches and pressing fresh juices daily. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the menu and will fall in love with the ease of our take-home dinners that will be prepped daily. Keep checking back on the Forest website for an official opening date.

So, as you can see we’ve had a very busy 2013, but are extremely excited about what’s to come in 2014. We want to thank you for being our loyal guests. We appreciate you supporting local small businesses such as ourselves and hope to see you in the neighborhood soon. Take care and Happy 2014!