"When Noel and I first moved to Williamsburg, there was the Verve [another local coffeeshop], but we wanted something different. Coming from Seattle, we naturally wanted a place where you could hang out and get good coffee, but we also wanted to create a nice spot to have meetings, sort of a place where you can come as a young artist with little money and present your project to someone in a nice setting and close a deal. As for the name, we wanted it to remind us of home. We both grew up in Washington, and we wanted an icon of the Pacific Northwest. In 1981, Mt. St. Helens exploded. [It evokes home]; We used to see the mountain all the time, and it's a feeling of something about to [erupt]. The café has a simple menu. I like the baked eggs and the salads. I go about three times a day."