Paul Mayer – Café 9
1. What is your background and when did you know you wanted to open up shop for yourself?
Music has always been an important part of my life both as a listener and as a performer. Playing in clubs was a good part of my life in the 90's and early 2000's. I always dreamed of having my own place one day. After owning a band rehearsal studio that rented equipped rooms by the hour in Fair Haven for many years, I began to look at spaces around town to expand into presenting live performances for the community. Fate brought me to Cafe Nine one day to hang up some posters for my band in 2003 and here am today.
2. Why did you choose New Haven? What has been your experience in this community and how has it shaped your business?
New Haven chose me I would say, although I did grow up in the area in West Haven.
The city has always been supportive to us. The area musicians and music lovers have become our family here. I would say our continued success is solely because of the support we get from the local musicians who play here and the tremendous support from the city and our live music loving community.
3. How has the current climate affected your business? Do you think it’s important to remain open during this time and why?
We are closed and currently have no income coming in so I would say the affect has been substantial for our employees and all the musicians scheduled to play here. We have been running a virtual "Tip Jar" on Go Fund Me that has been a small lifeline for our 15 staff members while they are out of work. I think it is extremely important to stay closed until it is deemed safe for everyone to come together publicly again. I heard someone say "We are staying home now so when we come together again no one is missing". That about says it all.
4. Can you tell us about your business and what’s something you would recommend to someone who’s never been there?
We are an intimate bar/club that hosts primarily original music of all styles. Our shows are often very special experiences for our customers who often get to see some of their favorite performers up close in an intimate space. They can also usually get to say hello, snap a selfie and talk to them after the show if they choose to. I would recommend coming to show and enjoying one of the many great bands that play here along with a pint of ice cold locally brewed beer.
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