This is my favorite picture from our opening day. Four kids peering with fascination into the brewery. This is exactly what we hoped for when we dreamed about opening a beer garden in Ypsilanti.
Those who frequent the Corner know that there has been a bit of a hullabaloo in recent weeks regarding some "kids gone wild".
I recently discoverd some blog activity regarding signs that were posted last weekend in an effort to make sure that parents understood the need to supervise their kids at the Corner. It was never our intention to make parents feel self-conscious or to feel like second-class citizens. The signs were posted precisely because we want to continue to welcome families. At least one couple who loves the Corner has expressed sadness over a cloud of intimidation that settled in with the posting of those signs. They were kind enough to propose new language and I will be replacing the signs today.
I think the hard thing is that there really is a fine line that is difficult to precisely define. I have specifically told parents that I don't mind kids standing on the couches. That's why we bought beat up furniture. But feet on the seat is different from climbing on the backs and arms of the couches. Just like standing on a picnic bench to get a better angle on your coloring or a better view of the world is different from leaping from table to table.
In the end, the Corner really belongs as much to our regulars as is does to us. We created it for you (we'd be pretty lonely out there all by ourselves!) And if it isn't a space where you feel comfortable than we won't be successful. We invite your feedback and appreciate your support.