It has been one heck of a year. Three friends with a crazy notion of creating a comfortable place to come by and simply hangout. We risked it all, I quit my job and my wife with her closet friend gave me their trust (and money) to open the Buzzed Badger on B Street. This area is very neglected in Colorado Springs, but we wanted to be a diamond in the rough. We kicked off the opening of the Buzzed Badger in 2016 at the American Legion Post 38’s Annual Suicide Prevention Poker Run and started our 2nd year on the same note. Within our first months, we held a trunk or treat, invited Made Media to discuss Presidential Candidates, and did several hikes with a few regulars. Plus I may or may not have learned how to make beer in the past 12 months…
Grateful for the wonderful people in my life.
Quite a few great connections in the Buzzed Badger on B Street. I have met authors, politicians, TEDX presenters, future leaders, awesome athletes, and kick butt soldiers in this little corner of the College Plaza (by 7/11 with the gas). To address the elephant in the room, this cornered space has had a checkered pass and known for not so great things. By the way, still looking for someone to show me how to smudge this space. DEAD. SERIOUS. I am not religious, but I am open to some good juju. The interesting people I have met have opened up a different world to me and excited to see where 2017/2018 takes this crew.
This 2nd year of Buzzed Badger is going to be just as full of great things. Jemarie and Shanyka have planned more comedy, music, poetry, and community this 2017/2018. Jemarie will be coaching a girl’s basketball at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy for a 2nd year and performing her comedy in the coffee shop and at other venues in Colorado Springs. Shanyka will participate in Fort Carson’s Spartan Races and performing poetry at different venues. Together, the duo, will be starting a new podcast, playing rugby in COS, and hosting local musicians at The Buzzed Badger. Stay connected to our calendar at buzzedbadger.com.
Shout out to all the soldiers who have stopped by before leaving for whatever reason and saying “hi” when you return. You all are in our minds and hearts. Thank you for all you do. Because we are not FB friends or talk on the regular, I haven’t forgotten…I still remember you.
Comedy night with the Alcordo’s at the Buzzed Badger this Thursday night. On September 14th from 7PM to 9PM, we will have an open mic. We ask performers to be at location between 6:30-6:45PM. “Comedy at the BB” is the first one we have hosted. One of the owners, Jemarie Alcordo, has performed at a few venues and she wants to create an environment for all levels of comedic artist to express themselves without judgment. Her goal, too, is to have a place to come when you are not performing to try out new or developing jokes and getting honest, non-bias feedback. Hoping to see some new faces and excited to see the familiar.
Laughter is a great way to connect. Like a Stephen King quote, “You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as he wants.” Everyone should have more laughter in their lives….you will longer. Learn how to laugh at yourself, find humor in something serious, or SUPPORT FUNNY PEOPLE by going to a comedy show.
Buzzed Badger is a coffee shop that also has smoothies and Panini, plus a couple of vegan pastries. However, you are not obligated to make any purchases. All we ask is your support for our local comedians. Laugh a little or a lot. Either way, it’ll be fun.
Recently met an amazing artist, Renee Grossman, that blessed the shop with some of her beautiful art. She is not only a really awesome artist; she is equally an awesome person. Artwork for sale at the Buzzed Badger. Prices range from $15-50. Paintings, sketches, and prints are of colorful Colorado mountains and funky abstract art. Stop by to take a look at the work on display. More pieces are on her website. If you want art in her colorful abstract style for tattoos, wall art, or your specific color scheme, swing by the Buzzed Badger for her information.
Keep an eye open for additional products coming to the Buzzed Badger. As a Jill of many crafts, I will have different things available for sale. Vegan baked options are currently available: banana nut muffins, avocado and almond chocolate cake, vanilla cake… trying out new recipes weekly. Pastries $1.50-2.50.
Buzzed Badger, 2047 B Street, Suite A, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
This week marks 5 years Jemarie and I have been married. If we had never meet, there would have not been a Buzzed Badger. Six years ago I was in a dark place… matter of fact, it will be hard to find a picture of me with a sincere smile between 2009-2011. We officially met at the Martini Bar in Hattiesburg, MS while Jemarie was hosting a comedy show. My friends drug me out and the whole time I was thinking how I needed to go home and finish my sketch of a couch (was pursing an interior design undergraduate degree). Until this lady sat down with me. She’s so funny!!! Actually I think she is more funny one on one. Anyway. Joy, silliness, and love pours out this lady. For our anniversary she decided to give comedy another shot. On Wednesday, August 9th, she will be at an Open Mic at Loonees Comedy Show (COS, Academy). Really excited for her to share her laughs with everyone.
Her sense of humor got me out of my dark space and afforded me the confidence to “do me.” Literally. She makes fun of me a lot, ensuring I better feel pretty darn good about what I am doing and she holds me accountable at the same time. Jemarie has pushed me into living openly with scares and all, because she has made me feel beautiful on the account of them. Her love have led me to being my own kind of Honey Badger…If you never seen the youtube video about a Honey Badger … Um. You need to. It is NSFW, so keep that in mind when you watch it. What I got out of it was the Honey Badger is one resilient MF. That is where I got the named Buzzed Badger from. I have been drinking coffee since I was a little girl, starting with coffee milk advancing to only drinking black in public. Then I like to believe I have the same resiliency of a Honey Badger, “do what I wanna.” It may not be the most popular or wise decisions, but I go forward with the support of Jemarie and her making fun along the way. Come check her out this Wednesday. You will not be disappointed.
Two strong, empowered women are performing this week. I have worked with Rosenna in a few bi-weekly talks at the Buzzed Badger. We have talked about everything from capital of relationships to the feminist movement to self-defense. Have not had the pleasure to meet Cassy in person, but I feel like I know her through her wonderful poetry. Come join us, FREE, on Friday at 11AM at the Buzzed Badger to hear her live.
Rosenna Bakari, aka Rouge Scholar, will be preforming at Spice Island Grill on Tuesday, Aug. 2nd. Every woman of every race, class, sexual orientation and religion can relate to the societal pressure to take care of men and be subservient to them. Physical violence, sexual violation and emotional intimidation are far too familiar to women. Dr. Bakari explores the oppressive prevalence of male harm toward females in a prolific, four-part, critical poem theory. Part one reinterprets the biblical account of original sin and explains the evolution of male dominance. Part two identifies the characteristics of dominant males and the harm they cause females, directly and indirectly. Part three addresses well-meaning men who benefit from the male-dominance paradigm. Part four speaks hope and empowerment to women of the world…you may never look at the world the same.
Amazing artist from Colorado. Cassy has written poetry since the 5th grade. Sometimes she wrties for days, sometimes she needs a break. Cassy loved it and it was the dearest aspect of her childhood. Now as an adult, writing poems are the reflection of life or a response to poems she has read.
Cassy will be at the Buzzed Badger Friday, Aug. 4th at 11AM. Join us for a free brewed coffee or tea.
The Buzzed Badger has an oven now. Excited is an understatement. So far have not baked too much of a variety: sugar cookies, blueberry muffins, coffee cake, and mexican brownies (brownies with cayenne and cinnamon). My cookie game is off, WAYYYYYYYY off. For a full disclosure, I am not a baker. I can slay in the kitchen and give you a wonderful meal from start to finish, but if I bake something….be worried. Its a personal thing, love to touch and see meals from the beginning until it hits your plate. It might be a while before I bake cookies again. Cookies will not beat me.
Every week, I try out a new recipe that might do well in the shop. The coffee cake and blueberry muffins will be in permanent rotation. Presentation of these two will be my next side project. Last week, the blueberry muffin was perfected with the yummy walnut crumbs. Life was given. Matter fact they were so good, I just wanted to share them and gave them to customers that sat and drank coffee with me. Next week will be scone week. I am on the prowl for an awesome scone recipe – If you have one, please send it to me on Facebook Message or to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also take suggestions, making plain brownies just for one of my regular customers. You welc.
Great talk. Honestly I thought it would be a little too heavy, even though it is a topic that needS to be discussed with every female and male hitting puberty. Before the meeting started off, I introduced a Netflix documentary, Ascent of Women…. then Rosenna and her intern asked “What about BEFORE then….????” The conversation after: MIND BLOWN, I AM ENLIGHTENED.
Rules to sexual consent is simple. Only 4 steps and they apply to all genders.
Able to give consent: No brainer. All people must be awake and aware what’s happening. If you haven’t seen the Tea Consent Video, this breaks it down. Watch it.
Consent to initiate: This one is awkward. But awkward and safe is far better than not. Ask for permission before initiating touch/sex or if you are comfortable before the person asks… let them know it is okay.
Consent for duration of contact: You can stop at anytime. If you change your mind mid-way through or become uncomfortable, it is okay to give a hard no and redirect what is happening. Only you are in charge of your body.
Consent for protection: If you cannot have a conversation about protection and contraception, then you are not ready. In addition, when you change your protection and contraception choices…YOU NEED TO INFORM YOUR PARTNER. As adults you need to be able to openly talk about sex with your partner, if you can’t…there is a problem.
No one following all these rules end up violating a person unknowingly. Stay safe.
Next meeting is Wednesday, June 14 at 1:30PM-3:00PM. We will be discussing Diversifying the Feminist Movement with Rosenna Bakari. Exciting topic. You also can see Dr. Bakari’s Part 1-3 of her 5 part poem Original Sin on Youtube.