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Is it better to laugh or to cry ?

Is it better to laugh or to cry ?

Is it better to laugh or to cry well I did both over the simple subject of installing a glass sliding door for my meeting room. It probably sounds like I made up the story but no, it is …

Community Connect developping

Community Connect developping

Connect Café is now open to the public over a week.  The first 10 days have been a lot of fun and I have already met a lot of extraordinary nice people from many different backgrounds.  In a short period …

The final touches

The final touches

Connect Café is planning to open officially on the 30th of August.  It has been an exciting, exhausting and crazy year preparing this but the opening is now with in sight. I am eager to start welcoming you all into the …

Delivery mishaps

Delivery mishaps

Many entrepreneurs have told me that things never go exactly as planned when starting a business.  I can now validate from experience on many subjects that this is true but I hadn’t expected the reception of deliveries to be quite …

Wake up and smell the coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee

The rich aroma of freshly ground beans that drifts into your nose The complex contrast of light and dark brown shades in a good espresso The first sip that . okay, okay, sorry, I am getting a bit carried away …

My most stupid mistake (so far!)

My most stupid mistake (so far!)

“Earth has its boundaries, human stupidity is limitless.” I had a little bit of time to think for once today.  I used it to go back through both my to-do list and my completed list.  I was actually quite surprised …

A Key Date

A Key Date

After two months of labour, the landlord has finished his part of the building works and handed me over the keys to 30 rue Louis Rouquier this morning 😊. The transformation is definitely impressive. I will let you judge that …

Inside Interiors

Inside Interiors

I woke up this morning excited and eager but also a little unsure what to expect from the day. It was another milestone in the project of opening Connect Café as I was due to meet with my architect and …

Finalizing Financing

Finalizing Financing

In the process of setting up my business, I learnt about a great scheme called HDSI (“Haute de Seine Initiative”) which helps entrepreneurs not only in financing their projects but also in helping them carve the way forward towards launch. …

Bothersome Bureaucracy

Bothersome Bureaucracy

“Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible”. In the news you often read about the need for more entrepreneurs and the opportunities that presents. When I decided to quit my job and to set up Connect Café, I …

30 rue Louis Rouquier

30 rue Louis Rouquier

I have been looking for a site for several months for my co-working café. I don’t want to give away all my secrets but there have been several key criteria. I wanted somewhere that had lots of natural light, is …

Learning New Skills

Learning New Skills

“O snailClimb Mount FujiBut slowly, slowly!”― Kobayashi Issa. The hardest thing about being an entrepreneur is that you have to do most things yourself. I have prior experience in retail and finance amongst other areas but it is quite different …

A Logo Created – For Better or Worse!

A Logo Created – For Better or Worse!

One key marketing lesson I’ve absorbed is that a logo is an important part of your brand strategy.  With that in mind, I have done lots of work over the last few weeks to create a logo that represents my …

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” Hello world! I am Katrina Parslow and this is my first blog post.  I am Irish and live in Levallois-Perret with my French husband and …

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