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Building The Wooden Rooster Cafe

by Mandy Blume
The Wooden Rooster Cafe

Building The Wooden Rooster,  a french crepe cafe

We’ve built some fun places and we are pretty picky in our efforts to build in a better, more green way. One of our more recent builds was an easy choice. Building The Wooden Rooster was like taking a step into rural France and I’d like to highlight this delicious, french-american culinary crepe cafe of deliciousness, The Wooden Rooster.

The Wooden Rooster Cafe

We enjoy getting out and supporting our local businesses for our date nights. And one of our favorite spots is The Wooden Rooster. They have the most perfect, savory and dessert crepes, along with coffee, drinks, salads and more. We frequent the downtown St. Petersburg location, and after a conversation with the owners, we are set to build their second cafe in a new, open style mall in Seminole.

The Wooden Rooster is a great, hangout spot, offering coffees, WIFI, and crepes designed by it’s french owner. Experiencing the culinary, french escape right here in Tampa Bay Florida; minus the expense of a long flight, is a treat. The environment offers a french, modern, organic ambiance as family photos from France hang on the walls. These photos, custom wooden benches, tables and center bar create a “Farm-meets-elegance” charm with a welcoming atmosphere.

As far as the food goes, we highly recommend the Nutty Joe (sans Oreos) with a buckwheat (less gluten) crepe, nutella filling, a scoop of ice cream, with the coffee expresso pour over. Our children love The Burg and the TLT for breakfast and lunch. The menu is constantly changing and visible here.

The Wooden Rooster Seminole Jeremy and Lisette



The Building Difference

Additionally, from a builder’s perspective, the plumbing is built with pipes that do not leach petroleum nor metal. Our effort to build better, means that our clients can use cleaner water in their business. For the walls, we use stains and no VOC paints so that the employees and guests can breathe cleaner air. There are several differences in our work that are a direct result of our experiences that you can watch here.

After breakfast or lunch, the Seminole location is also a destination spot. To walk off the food, you can stroll between shops for every need and want you may have.

Truly, at the end of the day it never ceases to amaze us how in just a few months, our team can take a concrete box, and create a space designed by a wonderful local architect, and end up with something so beautiful. Of course, there is a lot of hard work and it is spectacular to watch.


If you are local to Tampa Bay, The Wooden Rooster is a great destination spot and I’d love to hear which crepe you enjoy the best!

If you are looking to build a cleaner, commercial structure, please call a team member. We look forward to speaking with you on how we might partner with you in building a better lifestyle for you and your business.


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Building Community for Kids Without Parents

by Mandy Blume
Building a Home for Kids without Parents

Building Community for Foster Kids

Because of our experiences building and fostering, BLUMESTONE gives a lot to help children without parents or capable parents. But recently, we feel called to do more. We have a vision and God-willing, we will soon have the financial support to move forward to make our world a better place.


Over the past 12 years, we have visited over nine Children’s Homes and Orphanages through our nonprofit organization, Real Food Recovery. We have posted this passion there in order to congruently share our mission.

The volunteer work we do is changing the lives of hundreds of kids. We started Real Food Recovery as a nonprofit organization after writing a cookbook with studies for health benefits we experience. After fostering about eight children, and watching each child improve behavior and health with the right food and conditions, we took it bigger. We began to work in homes with many children.

Getting the Hands Dirty

Some of the incredibly rewarding work we do for these kids:

  • Build gardens with organic vegetables these kids have never seen grow
  • Teach educational classes;
    • how important it is to eat good fats
    • the power of amino acids and proteins
    • necessary gentle detox of eating fresh vegetables
    • why we need minerals and colorful salts
    • what hydration does for our body’s cells
    • and much more
  • Support local organic farmers and bring these nutrient-dense foods to the Children’s Homes
  • Write the menu for the home cook and State requirements with oversight of a Registered Dietician
  • Use my Functional Nutritional Therapy education to support common issues of these children;
    • diabetes
    • joint pain
    • sleeplessness
    • night terrors
    • addictions
    • depression
    • compromised guts
    • and much more

The Dreams Evolve

During our work over the past twelve years, Mandy has been asked to help support many folks in Assisted Living Homes with their diet. She teaches kids how to eat foods and food supplements to help improve and hopefully recover indications. Enjoying the success supporting these kids and some folks in the Assisted Living Homes, it is noticed that there is a need for more social interaction, which is what develops a goal for a new business plan.

We have afforded foster children better opportunities to:

  • get off medication for diabetes
  • avoid or recover from the flu faster
  • reduce or stop bad cramping
  • improve grades
  • support a doctor’s protocol more successfully
  • improve behavior
  • and much more

Building a Home to Close the Gap

With these years of learning from the systems we work with, we have bigger dreams than before. As a bio-dynamic construction company, we have the resources to remodel or build the perfect place. What we lack is the financial support, but God-willing, that will come.

Because of our experience, we know that building a home for Seniors and foster kids/ orphans, we can close a vast gap of loneliness. This plan can give sage to these kids who have been handed a harder life by allowing these elderly folks to mingle at meals, spend time tutoring, and just be friends.

It’s a huge dream, and it requires a lot of work, but we have already prepared for this. The only challenge we have is the financial aspect, which seems small after all we have already faced and overcome. As much as we are private about our company mission, this goal requires our community to come together.

There are 500,000 children today in foster/orphan homes. There are almost 50,000 children in the State of Florida and about 3,000 kids in my county system.

A Better Plan

Every person on death row was in foster care. Over 70% of our prisons are filled with people who were in foster care, and more awful statistics. We need a different approach to make it better for these kids and, ultimately, our community and nation. And our experience, heart, education, and skills provide the perfect backdrop to fulfill these dreams!

We must start a program and housing that is:

  • fun,
  • environmentally clean,
  • mentally stimulating,
  • built beautifully for the imagination, and
  • providing healthy food- while also supporting our local farmers and community.

If you or your company are looking for a place to donate, we’d love to be considered. All donations are tax-deductible, just leave a note with your address if you’d like a letter in the mail. No amount is too small or too big, there are big things to do and all proceeds go to these kids as always.

Give a better chance to kids without parents here.

We post pictures on Instagram for our buildings and our work with foster kids regularly of the companies, farmers, artisans, local businesses, and efforts with these kids. It is not allowed to show their faces to protect them, but we can show particular views.

Thank you for being a part of our community efforts and allowing us to build your dreams at BLUMESTONE.