Monthly Archives: June 2015

The floor and the base boards


Base board is a word that I learned (as English is not my native language if anybody thought that:) a few years ago when I lived in Whistler BC. I was working as a hotel cleaner and part of the reason for why that job sucked was the endless cleaning of base boards. For those of you who meet this word for the first time here, it means the long thin planks/ plastic that are placed where the wall meet the floor, so that it looks nice… Anyway, now we have them! and we also have a semi shining new linoleum floor. We put it in ourselves of course, we had no experience but there is always detailed instructionsonline.. that we kind of didn’t follow. Anyway now it’s there just waiting to start coming of, like most other linoleum floors that we have seen in this place:)

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Other progress:

Stove was found and bought – new but with a dent from transportation which resulted in a huge discount for us.

AC was bought and will be installed in like 15 min from now (I didn’t want this machine but have been convinced that it’s necessary in this climate).

Deep fryer for falafel and such has been bought. Coffee maker will be bought later today.

The previous tenant came and reclaimed her fan, outdoor sign, small useless water heater.. and all other gems that have been hanging around. Of main importance here is that Pepsi has not been here to reclaim their big drink fridge that they left here. We will not buy Pepsi drinks but we really want to keep this fridge. The potential solution to this problem is to hide the fridge in the kitchen so that the Pepsi people can’t see it. If you are here you would agree that this makes sense;)

Hope to see you in the Kiwi soon!


Conclusions about renovations!


Great news! We’re almost finished with renovations. It took longer than expected since we had to wait for ever (almost a week) for professional electricians and plumber to show up.

We have been working hard and sometimes efficiently:) for a week, and now we have re-painted all walls and discovered that we knew how to put up wallpaper even though we had never done it before, cleaned all ceilings and the bathroom, installed water heater and gas, and many more little things.

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An enormous thanks to all people who are working hard here, and to those who are donating money! Because of all of you we’re well on the way to opening. Next step is to get kitchen equipment and furniture. And how to get cheap transportation of all these stuff? If you read this and are here in Tbilisi and know anybody with a van who could help us by lending their van/large car please let us know!

Other great news is that many sources have told us that there’s no such thing as a liquor licence or sanitation code for restaurants here in Georgia. Clearly (in my mind) it would in general be preferred to have this, but in our situation it makes things easier. With this said I want to point out that we’re not going to sell hard liquor, just some organic beer and ginger beer, and organic Georgian wine. And we will for sure follow a strict sanitation code on our own, even if nobody will come here to check us.

Hope you all who read this will be able to come to our place after we open!

Thank you all!

Dreams and Ideas..


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So many dreams and ideas of what to use a vegan community café for… only first we have to settle on a name… and hire a bunch of professional construction workers to do stuff we believe we can’t do ourself, then we can get started on shaping this place up.10003048_10206705138085556_2061953853_n

The name part proved pretty easy, we had two great suggestions, the first was “Samovar” but our people from Russia thought this sounded to mossy and passive (even though westerners think it sounds exotic and Georgians have this great story, retold with enthusiasm by Mika, about the famous painter Piroshmani’s vision of getting together, building a house, getting a big samovar, sit abound this and discuss art! ). Oleg suggested “Kiwi” and we were all delighted since we immediate  realized that Kiwi is both a fruit and a bird!


The construction workers hiring proved much more challenging. Many days went by… some days members of our teem were waiting for workers who we had been told would show up super early in the morning. Eventually, on the 7th day after start up, a solid teem of three nice guys showed up and got some of the work we needed done, while simultaneously chain smoking and hanging out. Anyway, now we have water, slightly safer power outlets, a new door, a ceiling that is not threatening to fall down at any second and wallpaper that we acquired for free!