Susan Jaffie has been operating a drink cart on Wright Square since 2003. Operating under the name The Bean Scene, Ms. Jaffee provided water, soft drinks and snow cones for hot and thirsty tourists and locals. Since she ran the cart year round, including the winter months, she also had hot chocolate available at that time.

Working the cart year round in the heat and cold and sometimes rain made Susan wish she had an indoor business, a shop that customers (and herself) could get out of the weather and have a place to sit down and rest. Unexpectedly her opportunity came not a block away from her cart when Maui Smoothie closed and the owner offered to sell her equipment and furniture.

Seeing her dream float tantalizingly in front of her eyes Susan came to the Small Business Assistance Corporation and began the application process. With less than six weeks till St. Patrick’s Day (the unofficial start of the tourist season) Susan worked on her business plan while working the cart on Wright Square. Once the business plan and loan application was completed she applied to the SBAC for business loan to purchase the business assets of Maui Smoothie and get enough to upgrade the equipment and spruce up the interior.

Actually, spruce up the interior, is woefully inadequate to describe what has transpired at 143 Bull Street. The interior is a bright green that invites the customer in to see the comfortable space in back near the magazine rack or the toys in the front to keep the smaller customers occupied. Serving an expanded menu of smoothies as well as coffee and some foods such as chicken salad sandwiches, Susan is working inside her dream and enjoying every minute of it. The WiFi service is welcomed by many of the regulars but the Girl Scouts that come in seem much more interested in the green smoothie that is available.

And, the cart is still on the square, after all someone might miss the green beacon of Bull Street now known as Smooth.