What would you pay to have someone come and clean your house?
What if they did more than just clean? What if they made your house everything you’ve always dreamed it would be so that when you invite friends over, there aren’t any distractions—no clutter, no dust–not a single thing to make you bite back an apology.
Recently some one made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I, too, wanted a place to make my friends feel right at home, so she set in motion the most splendid endeavor. She picked out a lovely color scheme and redid the whole interior, handling every aspect of the remodel down to the tiniest detail.
Beautiful antiques now fill every room. A honey-colored hardwood floor greets everyone who steps through the door.
It’s absolutely beautiful. She placed an oak table over by the window where the morning sun shines in. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to sit and sip coffee there with my sister the other day when the temperature dipped well below zero.
Did I mention that this woman of impeccable taste also arranged to keep the place spotless? She maintains everything so I don’t have to lift a finger. Anytime, I can open the door and everything looks beautiful.
Did I mention that she also hired a staff to cook for me? No more rushing around trying to get the muffins into the oven before company arrives. In fact, Karen makes sure that I don’t just have muffins—I also have homemade cinnamon rolls, brownies and even caramel apple bread-pudding. The only drawback is that it’s tough to make a decision when faced with so many choices.
You must be thinking, Wow, Mari’s speaking venture has really started to pay well. How else can she afford to have someone redecorate, hire a cleaning crew and even pay a staff to cook for her? Can you imagine what that must cost? Well, if you really want to know—it could easily cost you less than ten dollars. Uh-huh, you read that right, worry-free hospitality for less than ten dollars.
We all want to enjoy time with a friend, a sister or a special group in a place that’s warm and inviting. We want to share a memorable treat, something we don’t enjoy everyday. But face it, when do we have time to make that happen? Oftentimes practicing hospitality requires more time and energy than we can muster, so we avoid it. And we beat ourselves up over it.
Fortunately there are people who devote countless hours to creating places where you can escape the busy-ness of life and invite your friends and family over to enjoy time that’s good for the soul. That’s what Karen Vondracek has created in her beautiful place–Káva House & Café–in Swisher, Iowa.
At the end of my last speaking trip through northern Iowa, I stopped here with my sister and enjoyed a relaxing morning visiting over a hot mochas. We split a generous-sized serving of breakfast omelet casserole and each found something to take home, too. I walked out the Káva House & Café door with a container of raspberry-peach bread pudding—and the satisfaction of sharing the morning with my sister in a perfectly delightful place.
Keep this in mind when you’re tempted to ask why would I want to pay extra for a cup of coffee, when I can swing through the drive-thru or brew a perfectly good one at home? In these tucked away coffee houses, you not only get a cup of coffee but someone has poured her heart into giving you a clean, beautiful place to gather with friends and to enjoy a delectable spread of treats together. She’s spent plenty of sleepless nights figuring out how to make this possible and has invested countless hours attending to every detail—so you don’t have to.
All for under 10 dollars. That’s a real bargain if you ask me.