Would it be an exaggeration to suggest that today marks the end of an era?
Absolutely, yes - but today is a little bit special. This morning was the last time Supercool hosted Birmingham's Likemind coffee morning; an event which started in New York and now happens in over 50 cities around the world, on the same day and at the same (local) time each month.
Having hosted the Birmingham version for nearly five years, we decided it was about time someone else had a go, so we've passed the coffee-soaked baton to Likemind regulars Rickie and Tim.
As a completely open-to-all and agenda-free event, we weren't sure what sort of reaction Likemind would get when we held the first one way back in 2007. Granted, things got off to a bit of a slow start (there were only three of us on one occasion – including two hosts) but over the years Likemind's grown hugely in popularity and, dare I say it, become something of a local institution.
We've met so many lovely people (many of whom are now friends), chatted about all sorts of subjects, introduced folks who'd otherwise never have met, downed countless coffees, and even raised a bit of cash for charities at the occasional fundraiser.
It's been fun. And interesting. And productive. But it's time for a change.
All the best to new hosts Rickie and Tim, and thanks to everyone who's come along over the past several years for making it worth our while getting up extra early! Finally, an extra-special thank you to Geoff, Lucie and all the staff at our venue Saint Caffe for being great to us. (And always letting us rearrange the furniture!)
Likemind Birmingham is dead. Long live Likemind Birmingham!
The next event: Friday 16th March (follow @likemind on Twitter for details)