When I think of how many things have changed since  we opened the Coffee Shop in February of 1994 it makes my head spin.  There was no internet, so no You-Tube, no Wikipedia, no Google, no blogs. Information came from TV, radio, books, magazines, etc. all filtered through the powerful gate-keepers. Since we were located in a hotel, it was the hotel guests that kept us going until we built up a word of mouth reputation in the neighborhood. We weren’t far from recording studios and the room prices were budget friendly so we got our share of recording artists. I’ll admit I had never heard of Burning Spear when he and his fellow musicians stayed at the Hotel, but it wasn’t as if you could just look them up on the internet and download them from iTunes.