PIKETON — When Pike County native Jennifer Chandler travels for work or pleasure, she units out to search out the perfect unbiased espresso store on the town. Drawn to distinctive areas or outdated buildings repurposed for the group, she typically puzzled why one thing like that did not exist in Piketon.
Although she has a ardour for espresso, Chandler lacked expertise in beginning her personal enterprise. After studying a e-book on how to achieve the espresso enterprise from Columbus-based roasters Crimson Cup, Chandler gained the information she wanted and launched The Village Brew.
It began as a pop-up store just a few days per week in the course of the summer season however with the completion of a $2.5 million funding undertaking in the previous elementary college, now known as The Sq. at Piketon, the espresso store has discovered a delegated house for the group to assemble.
“Espresso retailers are a spot the place individuals hang around, do work and meet. I needed to carry that into the group,” she mentioned. “Now we have good issues right here. Why not Piketon?”
Previous to opening The Village Brew, Chandler labored as an unbiased undertaking administration marketing consultant on growth and environmental plans throughout the nation. As a part of her job includes grant writing, Chandler tries to combine herself into the communities she visits by looking for out small companies to assist.
Typically, she finds herself on the native coffeehouse as a result of she believes the unbiased companies have a manner of waking up a group similar to the primary sip of a cup of joe.
By means of her function on Piketon Village Council, Chandler’s turn out to be concerned with native efforts to enhance the city. Once they realized that traders have been within the former college constructing, they offered the property and anticipated it to be torn down.
As an alternative, the constructing was renovated to encourage extra enterprise alternatives. With its end, the group hopes it should act as a catalyst for change very like the Carlisle Constructing did in Chillicothe.
Chandler developed a marketing strategy and began turning into extra critical about her concept. In Could 2020, she formally integrated The Village Brew. A number of months later, in July, they began brewing.
Each Saturday Chandler went to the park and operated a pop-up espresso store however because the demand grew so did their enterprise affords. Later, they started serving clients in the course of the weekdays, too.
“As soon as we began promoting, we could not cease,” Chandler mentioned. They later added cell ordering and supply providers which helped additional the enterprise, too. By first working as a pop-up, Chandler was capable of see how the group would reply and felt assured as a enterprise proprietor.
In January, The Village Brew was capable of transfer into its location at The Sq. at Piketon which has solely helped enterprise. Within the official house, Chandler mentioned they have been capable of serve superior merchandise whereas making a group gathering place.
Now when Chandler walks into work, she’s met by the sounds of espresso beans grinding, milk steaming and the chatter of associates and strangers making ready to begin their day.
Along with offering espresso drinks like the favored Village Brew Mocha, the store additionally serves pastries made by native bakers and different meals merchandise. However when beginning her enterprise, Chandler had the tip in thoughts.
By means of kindness, excellence and group, she hopes to make use of her house to empower different ladies entrepreneurs and younger artisans by offering them an avenue to be taught concerning the trade or promote their very own merchandise. In the end, she needs this to encourage individuals and result in extra enterprise ventures in Pike County.
“I wish to present a platform for individuals. Espresso brings us collectively,” she mentioned. “It is thrilling to be a part of the momentum.”
On Tuesday, July 13, Chandler and her crew celebrated their first 12 months of enterprise with a small celebration at The Village Brew. The day was crammed with group occasions like yoga, planting and portray. Sooner or later, Chandler hopes to supply extra actions for the group.
With the success of the previous 12 months, she added that there is perhaps an enlargement to New Lebanon or different small cities.
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Bell Farms, positioned at 59 E Water St., is now open for indoor eating. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday by means of Saturday and 11 a.m. to three p.m. on Sunday for dine-in or perform.
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