“What if we give away coffee?” Fred suggested.

“We already give away coffee,” I reminded him.

“Oh, right.”

“Anyone want some coffee?” Nick asked, sticking his head into my office.

“See?” I said to Fred.

It was the middle of a long, hard winter. Construction in our area had all but stopped as one snowstorm after another rolled over the area. Ice Melt and snow shovel sales were strong, but that was about it.

We were brainstorming on ways to boost sales and somehow save the quarter.

“What about giving away donuts with the coffee?” I lamely suggested.

Fred shrugged his shoulders indifferently.

“Bagels?” I tried.