Tana Baumler, Barbara Peter and Sandra Albright met in 1980 when they all joined the same women's soccer team. None had played soccer before and the three of them soon became friends. The girls would seek out good places to have breakfast after a practice or game or instead of practice on a rainy northwest morning. Often times they would go to the Maltby Cafe, which was there for two years prior to going up for sale. Sandra was there having lunch with a neighbor when she saw the sign that the cafe was for sale. She told the other girls and they said "let's buy it."