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even bettered our procedures because
of COVID by sanitizing machines and
leaving a dated sanitization sticker. "
While some OCS pundits question
whether office populations in
markets like Seattle and New York
City, among other metro areas, will
ever return to pre-pandemic levels,
Jones is decidedly optimistic given
the trend so far - even in the face of
continued threats like omicron and
other possible variants.
" The fact that we are actually at
60% pre-COVID right now is attributed
mostly from the 120-plus new
customers we have acquired during
the pandemic, " Jones reported. " We
are now expecting those new customers,
along with our pre-COVID
customer base, to begin to return to
their offices the first part of 2022. We
are hopeful that combined, we will
then see pre-COVID numbers. "
THE EARLY DAYS
The second-generation
enterprise was founded
by Blake's father, Larry,
in 1986, with the dream
of providing the very
best coffee, equipment
and service in the office. Since then,
the company has grown to stake its
claim as the largest independent office
coffee service provider in Washington
and has expanded to offer much more
than coffee.
Larry had worked with his father
and brother in their vending machine
business when he noticed what it
lacked was quality coffee and equipment
to rival the Seattle coffeehouses
that put specialty coffee on the world
map and conditioned consumers to
raise their standard daily brews.
So, alongside his family's vending
operation, Larry started Pot O' Gold
Larry Jones at an espresso catering
event in the 1990s.
Coffee Service, installing and servicing
commercial coffee brewing equipment
in offices throughout Seattle.
Larry got creative to fund his
fledgling company's growth. Alaskan
king crab fishing was in its heyday, so
he took to the open seas nine months
out of the year while his brother oversaw
his coffee accounts in his absence.
Business grew, and for 12 years, Larry
split his time between fishing and
returning home to continue to build
and support Pot O' Gold.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of February-March 2022

Editor’s Note
Industry News
OCS Update
BostonbeaN’s Ace on the Road
From 3G to 4G to 5G and Beyond
Weekly Reporting
Pantry Service 2022
Uncompromising Service Accelerates Pot O’ Gold’s Rebound
Classifieds
Social Hubs
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February-March 2022 - Editor’s Note
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February-March 2022 - Industry News
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February-March 2022 - OCS Update
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February-March 2022 - BostonbeaN’s Ace on the Road
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February-March 2022 - From 3G to 4G to 5G and Beyond
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February-March 2022 - Weekly Reporting
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February-March 2022 - Pantry Service 2022
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