Mary’s Gourmet Diner Profile

“When you walk in 723 Trade Street, you will immediately know that it’s still wild, still funky and still Mary’s place. We encourage you to have a different restaurant experience. Bring a friend, have a conversation while you eat, take a moment to enjoy your food, make new friends, bring your sufficiently behaved children, absorb the atmosphere and relax.” Mary’s Gourmet Diner 

Mary’s Gourmet Diner (MGD) is one of my favorite places. It’s an adorable restaurant across from Black Mountain Chocolate and serves organic breakfast/brunch/lunch items. It’s my boyfriend and I’s favorite Sunday fun day place. I love it because the people are so fun and quirky. The wait staff are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. We have talked about Sailor Moon (I tend to wear my cutesy anime  Hot Topic dresses whenever I go),  horoscopes, mild magic/natural remedies, to cool places to check out on dreary Sunday afternoons that remind me of what I imagine London is like. It’s one of the quirkiest places I have ever been to. I mean where else will you find a mannequin to eat with you outside?

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MGD’s Patio. PC: Me.

Mary’s Gourmet Diner (also known as Breakfast Of Course) wasn’t always named that. It used to be known as Mary’s Of Course Cafe (MOC). In 2000 (MOC) opened a cafe in downtown Winston. Mary began a mission of good food with better and organic ingredients.

“We can’t begin to count the number of times Mary has been asked WHAT she put in the soup, eggs, grits, etc. Many people found it hard to believe she hadn’t rigged the food with some ‘special’ ingredient. Perhaps it was the LACK of strange ingredients that blows people’s minds and taste buds.” Mary’s Gourmet Diner 

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Mary’s Of Course Cafe. PC: Mary’s Of Course’s website.

In 2010, Mary’s Of Course closed their doors, but not without a super fun pajama brunch party!

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Flyer For closing PJ Brunch. PC: MOC’s website.

About one week later their brand new location, that I have come to love and know, Breakfast Of Course/Mary’s Gourmet Diner opened in the heart of the Arts District.

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Top Three is the Interior PC: @MarysGourmetDiner Bottom Three is the Exterior PC: Me

Not only did their location improve, but so did their website:

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Left: Old website. Right: New website. I took a screenshot.

Their aesthetic really shaped itself once they focused on their branding. They still have plenty of zany themes and symbols; however, they seam it together flawlessly. I really dig their new name and logo. Especially how clean their website and new location look.

When reflecting on Mary’s communities, they really connect with the art community because they are located in the Arts district. They sell many local items from organic local farms to crocheted items from someone’s great-great grandma. They present a unified community of weird and I’m glad I can fit into their puzzle of quirkiness and glitter.

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Various local items being sold. PC: @MarysGourmetDiner Instagram

In order to really get a grasp of Mary’s and how people of Winston relate to it, I asked an insider and an outsider a series of questions:

Outsider perspective: C. McCarthy

Q: What is the first thought that comes to mind when I say Mary’s Gourmet Diner?

A: Mary Babcock, because I live in Babcock.

Q: Why haven’t you been to MGD?

A: I haven’t heard of it — until today.

Q: Do you think you’ll be going anytime soon?

A: I don’t know, perhaps soon.

Q: If you could be a breakfast food, which would you be?

A: Chocolate Chip Pancake, because they’re good. I didn’t want to say bacon because then technically I would be a pig.

Q: What could persuade you to go to MGD?

A: More info about the location, prices, and the menu.

Q: What does the word community mean to you?

A: A group of people living in close proximity. 

Insider Perspective: C. Thacker 

Q: What is the first thought that comes to mind when I say Mary’s Gourmet Diner?

A: The uplifting people and environment.

Q: Why have you been to MGD?

A: The employees are kinder than those at other food establishments and the food is a few grades above other restaurants in terms of taste and presentation.

Q: When is the last time you have been?

A: Saturday, March 12th, 2016.

Q: If you could be a breakfast food, which would you be?

A: Bacon.

Q:What persuades you to go to MGD?

A: The powerful personalities that each employee possesses, the delicious food, and my girlfriend.

Q: What does the word community mean to you?

A: To sum it up in one word: cooperation.

When thinking about communities and MGD, I have to agree that cooperation is a huge part. MGD not only uses local organic foods from Winston (which then incorporates the makers around the area) they display local art, sell local crafts, and advertise most local events for free. You’ll see many grassroots organizations meet up at MGD to discuss what their next plan is or having a victory brunch.

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This table is ready for YOUR victory brunch. PC:@MarysGourmetDiner IG

There’s also the vegan/vegetarian/organic community that frequents Mary’s due to the low volume of restaurants in Winston that are 100% fresh, local items that taste like heaven in an omelette. The artsy-fartsy community is also a huge community. Who wouldn’t want to eat in a place that has cute hello kitty decorations, fan-freakin-tastic paintings, and all kinds of kitschy decor that makes you feel like you just waltzed into a psychedelic pop art diner.

The LGBTQIA ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) community is supported by Mary’s. Below are pictures from various events they have put on in conjunction:

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Top Left and Right: Mary with Drag Performers, Top Middle is Mary, Bottom Left is a flyer for the Drag Brunch, Bottom Middle is Mary, and Bottom Right is Pride Menu Brunch Specials. PC: @MarysGourmetDiner Instagram

 

Of course, a community profile about a restaurant wouldn’t be complete without pictures of food:

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Food and Drinks. PC: @MarysGourmetDiner Instagram

Everyone should check out Breakfast Of Course/Mary’s Gourmet Diner and they’ll be happier than this pancake:

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PC: @MarysGourmetDiner Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observation Blog 1

Sully did an amazing job with Amira and her Sociology project. Sully had open body language and was very kind during the whole session. When Sully did not understand something, she simply asked Amira to explain it to her, which I feel really helped cement some of the information in Amira’s head. Though Sully and Amira are both very comfortable and familiar with each other, there was still a professional air to it.

They went through what Amira already had. Sully never cut off Amira nor did she hijack her paper. Sully tried to understand as much as she could about the paper, so she could try to give the best advice for the paper. She seemed very genuine and kind while giving her input. She never told Amira what to write, but helped her figure out where Amira wanted to take it. She went over the information sheet with Amira over and over, which I’m sure helped Amira cement what she needed to still add.

Amira didn’t truly need too much editing; however, even though she is a writing consultant, Sully did not let that effect the session. She treated it like it was any session. I believe they both came out of the session feeling satisfied. When they closed, Amira went through what she wanted to, and Sully still had open body language, a kind smile, and did a fabulous job. Side note: Amira brought juice boxes and peanut butter M&Ms, so it was basically a party at the end.

(I just realized this did not upload due to faulty wifi. 😦 )

 

Observation Blog 2

Andy and Amira had a wonderful session. Andy showed Amira her paper for Jacobsen. It seemed like a very difficult assignment. Amira handled it with grace. I enjoyed the openness of the session, since we were all very friendly with each other. Andy seemed elated after going through the paper, and Amira seemed to have a strong sense of what Andy was explaining when going through the paper instructions.

It was a pretty fast session and Amira seemed proud of Andy for getting started on her paper and coming in weeks in advance rather than last minute. It was really a treat to observe the two interact. Amira really had strong skills when proofreading. However, she did not take over nor did she begin writing for her. They held an engaging discussion and talked through each section. I was glad to know when I am assigned a large paper, I can turn to the writing center. I dread the day I am assigned a ten page paper and have no idea how to do that.

Towards the end, Amira did give a five minute warning. She was still courteous and kind and continued to have open body language. She asked what else needed to be addressed and they were able to finish,which was great.They went through it one more time, Amira answered a few more questions, and the session ended. Andy seemed ready to move forward in the assignment. So, all in all it seemed like a very productive session.

Rough Drafts Not Cats

Mary’s Gourmet Diner is one of my favorite places. It’s an adorable restaurant across from Black Mountain Chocolate and serves organic breakfast/brunch/lunch items. It’s my boyfriend and I’s favorite Sunday fun day place. I love it because the people are so fun and quirky. The wait staff are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. We have talked about Sailor Moon (I tend to wear my cutesy anime  Hot Topic dresses whenever I go),  horoscopes, mild magic/natural remedies, to cool places to check out on dreary Sunday afternoons that remind me of what I imagine London is like. It’s one of the quirkiest places I have ever been to. I mean where else will you find a mannequin to eat with you outside?

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I suspect it was a bank due to exterior (pic below) and am excited to investigate it. I have scheduled two different interviews with the owner, but she had to cancel due to sickness 😦

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Here’s a cute pic of the front entrance:

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Mary’s connects with the arts community because it is located in the Arts district. They sell many local items from organic local farms to crocheted items from someone’s great-great grandma. They present a unified community of weird and I’m glad I can fit into their puzzle of quirkiness and glitter.

Interviews:

Outsider perspective: C. McCarthy

Q: What is the first thought that comes to mind when I say Mary’s Gourmet Diner?

A: Mary Babcock, because I live in Babcock.

Q: Why haven’t you been to MGD?

A: I haven’t heard of it — until today.

Q: Do you think you’ll be going anytime soon?

A: I don’t know, perhaps soon.

Q: If you could be a breakfast food, which would you be?

A: Chocolate Chip Pancake, because they’re good. I didn’t want to say bacon because then technically I would be a pig.

Q: What could persuade you to go to MGD?

A: More info about the location, prices, and the menu.

Q: What does the word community mean to you?

A: A group of people living in close proximity. 

(I’m interviewing my inside perspective this Wednesday) 

Reading Blog 6

 

The first time I entered the writing center it was with my Writing Ambassadors group. I had a wonderful time laughing, eating hella candy, and getting to know two people who I consider close friends even better. After that initial meeting, I spent the next couple of hours there because I had a writing tutor appointment for P1. I was so motivated in there I finished all of my homework faster/understood it more than I ever had before.

I was so impressed. The vibe in there is so tranquil and energetic. I really enjoyed the times I have spent in there. Especially knowing that I can go to Katie who is really supportive. You might go in there for a consultation because you think you’re a shitty writer, but you can come out learning about support groups and online communities that think like you. I left feeling like I’m not alone. I hold that meeting in high regard in my mind as a turning point in my life.

The Salem College Writing Center has become part of what makes Salem home for me. I really enjoy the tutors, the writing director, and the comfy chairs. I’ve always struggled with focusing on homework. I didn’t really have a “safe space” on campus. I feel like variables always change. Just like the people you associate yourself with changes like ebb and flow, so do the locations where you get to destress and just be you. The writing center allows me to do that. Something about sitting in that room, having my stuff spread across the table and just being able to take a deep breath and work is so empowering. I know this sounds a tad insane, but hey it’s my kind of insane, dear reader.

[Insert historical facts and fun blasts from the past info here. i.e. George Washington blew his nose in the S.C.W.C. not really.]

 

Reading Blog 5

I am writing about Mary’s Gourmet Diner. It’s an adorable restaurant across from Black Mountain Chocolate (WHICH IS SO DELICIOUS BTDUBS) and serves organic breakfast/brunch/lunch items. It’s my boyfriend and I’s favorite Sunday fun day place. I love it because the people are so fun and quirky. The wait staff are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. We have talked about Sailor Moon (I tend to wear my cutesy anime  Hot Topic dresses whenever I go),  horoscopes, mild magic/natural remedies, to cool places to check out on dreary Sunday afternoons that remind me of what I imagine London is like.

Based on the website, I’ll have to look into the history behind Mary’s and what came before it. I suspect it was a bank and am excited to investigate it. I emailed Mary’s Gourmet Diner with the following message:

“Hi!

My name is Sabrina and I attend Salem College. For my Service Learning class we were asked to pick a place in Winston that we resonate with as “our place.” I love Mary’s so much and enjoy being able to spend as many Sunday brunches with my boyfriend when he comes up to visit. It is one of the only places I feel comfortable at and look forward to visiting in Winston.

I’m originally a transplant from Miami, FL and now my family resides in Elon, NC. It has been difficult for me to go down and see my family as often as I would like and I LOVE being able to pop into Mary’s and find comfort at sitting in a booth, sipping hot cocoa (with extra whip, of course), and being surrounded by the amazing individuals that serve in the restaurant. I always have the best time at Mary’s and try to persuade my friends into going with me to what I associate with “The restaurant with the Hogwarts’ worthy omelettes.”

I write you to ask if there is anyone I can sit down with to interview for my project. I would very much appreciate it and I thank you for taking time out of your day to read my message.

Have a day as wonderful as Mary’s Gourmet Diner!

– Sabrina Noelle Otero”

I’m excited to proceed in this project and the examples were great in showing how to go about doing so.

Reading Bl0g 4

This chapter was pretty interesting. It described how to help writers when they’re in the writing process. I know the book is technically for tutoring, but it has great writing info in general. I struggle when trying to write a paper as far as academic writing.

I always feel  intense pressure from my mom because she’s an English Professor and doesn’t seem to realize I wasn’t born with some “great writer” gene just because she’s great at writing. I really love how it broke down each step.

The brainstorming chart was great because I can start focusing on how I can better my writing process. For instance, I’m really struggling with finding a good place to write. It’s extremely difficult to write in my room, but the library is way too quiet for me. I’m starting to find a rhythm, but I didn’t realize how important it is to have certain stuff in order like comfy clothes and figuring out what I do, to get to a writing mindset. Also questioning my methods to figure out if it’s really helping or, if I’m just wasting time is a smart thing to do prior to writing.

I liked the clustering/webbing method for planning out thoughts. I think if I start listing my ideas, that will make writing papers so much easier, instead of just trying to write a paper and getting frustrated at the blank space (insert Taylor Swift joke here). I remember doing something similar in elementary school, and I think it would be pretty applicable in this situation. The informal outline would be helpful in the process as well. I really struggle with revising papers, and trying to get my thoughts in a clear order, so for my next paper, (which ironically I just had one assigned), I look forward to being able to go to the writing center and get help with revisions.