New Shop Opening Early Next Year
For now, paper lines the windows at 434 Springfield Pike (formerly Independent You), but excitement is building for the new Wyoming Community Coffee, a locally owned and operated coffee shop that is set to open in February.
The team behind Wyoming Community Coffee, Owner and Wyoming resident Sara Aschliman, and Manager Katie Meyer, say their inspiration for the business was a desire to build on the strong sense of community in Wyoming – hence the name.
“While coffee is the vehicle, our mission is really to bring people together into relationship with one another,” says Meyer. “We want people to feel welcomed and loved when they come in.”
Aschliman and Meyer met while on a mission trip together with Crossroads Church. They became fast friends, and Aschliman says Meyer was the first person she thought of when she began tossing around the idea of opening her own coffee shop. She says she did some casual research on the idea by talking with other Wyoming families. There was a general consensus that a coffee shop with evening hours was a needed addition to the local food scene. As the mother of young children, she wanted it to be a family-friendly space.
With that mission in mind, the women set out to make the vision come true. An architect by training, Aschliman knew she wanted a space that felt bright, cheerful, and welcoming. She wanted longer hours and an atmosphere of caring for both customers and employees.
“That was important,” she says. “We want to be social stewards. I like the idea that this would be a third space (ranking up there near home and work in significance.)”
Featuring locally roasted La Terza Coffee, the 2,000 square foot coffee shop will offer flexible seating and designated meeting space for the many volunteer meetings and social gatherings that call for a little more elbow room, says Aschliman. The women have taken barista lessons from the La Terza pros to understand the intricacies of coffee service, and they are working with the brew masters at La Terza to develop their own unique syrup recipes.
In addition to coffee, the store will also feature Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbet and eventually will also include baked goods and kid-friendly snacks. Once in operation, the store will be open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
But you don’t have to wait ‘till February for a taste. The Wyoming Community Coffee espresso cart will be open Sunday, Oct. 22 in front of the new store space on Springfield Pike from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will also be at the last Wyoming home football game on Oct. 27, and at Friendship United Methodist Church for Trunk or Treat on Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Madisono’s.
Interested in employment? Wyoming Community Coffee would love to hear from locals who want to work with them, go to wyomingcommunitycoffee.com for an application after Nov. 1. Interviews will start after Dec. 1. If you would like to learn the barista trade prior to applying, the women invite you to contact La Terza for classes and tours before opening day.