Cafe offers outside, socially-distanced entertainment

Kelly Woodyard and Calvin Lescher
Contributing Writers

Aidan Bartholet and Izzie Rutledge play a socially distanced set outside The Garden Café Saturday, Sept. 12. The Live Music series has been an ongoing event set up by the café. Photo by Kelly Woodyard

Each weekend The Garden Cafè has some sort of live performance. Oftentimes the music occurs at 6-8 p.m. located behind the building. Sometimes the performances are held in the front during the morning. 

Musicians are able to sign up through the website (www.wggarden.com) and only need to include a link of some sort to showcase a sample of their performance. 

All music genres are welcome, but one of the main ones played is folk. The main musician who plays is Gary Schoenberger. He is one of the two owners. The other owner is Mandy Schoenberger

Even with all the extra events, in hopes to attract customers, it has been difficult to adapt for the cafe. There has been no increase to the prices because of COVID. 

About the business Mandy said, “If you lose money in a small business, it’s hard to get ahead with sales, money and profit. We were just in it for three years, and it was just starting to turn a profit, because when you open up a business there’s a lot of expense and you put in a lot of money. You try to recoup it, and it takes about three to five years, and we were just on the three year mark where it was going to be good and then losing money for three months put us behind again.” 

One of the morning performances featured Aidan Bartholet and Izzie Rutledge’s singing/guitar duo. Both have attended School of Rock in Kirkwood for a number of years and performing live to an audience is nothing new to either of them. 

About the performance, Bartholet said, “I saw people playing there a while back, and we’ve played there a couple times and they’re always super nice and it has a good vibe.” 

Bartholet and Rutledge play a socially distanced set outside The Garden Café Saturday, Sept. 12. The Live Music series has been an ongoing event set up by the café

 


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