Get Your Hands Around Our Mugs
Every morning, at about 5:00 AM, I press the ‘ON’ button on the computer and head for the coffee machine. Coffee is an essential here. It’s always Community Coffee, it needs to be hot, and the cup is chosen with care. Ever since we attended our first Innkeeper’s Conference and met the Deneen family, I knew I wanted them to design The Dansereau House coffee mugs. It took two years, but our mugs are finally on the table!
Deneen Pottery is a family business that was started in 1972 by Peter and Mary Deneen in the Lowertown of St. Paul. Now the second-generation Deneen’s are a part of the business. Their goal is to provide handcrafted stoneware; individually created so that no two are exactly alike. As you know, I love working with small family, American businesses whenever I can, and these are some exceptional people! Not only are they easy to work with and have highly-skilled craftsmen on staff, they all have a great sense of humor, and are patient with clients such as us.
Although the company produces many more items that just mugs, I had over fifteen styles of mugs from which to chose. This was one of the reasons that The Dansereau House mugs became a two-year quest! I wanted our mug to fit the character of the house as well as fit the hands of our guests. The colors had to be perfect, the design of our logo needed to be beautiful. I was not disappointed! I was so surprised to see our logo so crisp and clean on the front of the mug! According to Deneen, “Over 24 pairs of hands touch each piece that begins with a lump of clay and ends in a twice-fired piece of Deneen Pottery,” and I thank each one of them!
Needless to say, our mugs are selling, well, not like hotcakes, but with them! After sitting down to breakfast with their steaming coffee in the beautiful Dansereau House mug, many guests choose to take one home. I can only hope that when they sit down in their own home, cradling their coffee in their souvenir mug, that they fondly remember the time spent with us. Thank you Deneen Family!