Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Was There Life Before the Roadrunner Cafe?

The Roadrunner Cafe and Bakery is a family business. It opened in 2006 on the heals of hurricane John. Soon after, Donna started offering fresh baked breads and pastries. Most of our customers know Donna in that capacity. What many of you don't know is that before the restaurant opened, her prime hobby and passion was making tile murals. Her sister had started working with clay and gave the Donna the bug. She was and is partial to the efforts of the California tile companies from the 20's and 30's.

To the left is one panel of a 2 part mural Donna made. This is a replica of an early California design.

She also made her own molds and created some beautiful accent pieces. Here is a sconce that follows the style of early California. Also an example that is of her own design


About 8 years ago, she wanted to find enough beach glass to make a mosaic. Seemed like an impossible task but the upside is that I got to spend a LOT of time at the beach. Here is one of the resulting murals made from the little pieces of colored glass picked up at the beach. It is about 18" in diameter.

See her website with more examples at