Standing Stone Coffee Co. introduced main modifications coming to its Huntingdon enterprise Thursday.
Plans to remove the coin operated laundry machines have been shared on-line by means of Facebook. Owner Greg Anderson stated the machines are being eliminated as a part of a restructuring and renovation to give extra space to the espresso operations.
“We like to care for our neighbors, so this determination has been on the fence for most likely 5 plus years, and we maintain saying, ‘yeah, but it surely’s such an necessary group facet,’ however we’re simply at a spot the place we simply have to do it,” stated Anderson.
The café and occasional roaster opened on Mifflin Street in 2005. The constructing had been the house of a laundromat since 1959, and Anderson stated people have been involved about shedding the laundry services. Anderson determined to set up machines at the back of the café so as to cater to the group’s wants.
“A laundromat was nonetheless wanted, so we reworked the again to embody a laundromat, however that was 14 years in the past, and occasions change,” stated Anderson. “It’s a cool idea. To are available, throw your laundry in, have a cup of espresso when you wait, however I believe our area restricted that.”
He stated that within the early days there was an abundance of school college students dwelling within the neighborhood, and using the machines together with some longtime residents. Anderson stated the machines don’t see as a lot use lately. Juniata College college students have laundry included of their residential packages now, and solely 10-15 regulars come by to do their laundry on the café every week.
At the identical time, Standing Stone’s wholesale espresso operations are rising. They promote their beans to 66 eating places, cafés and shops all through Huntingdon and surrounding counties. Anderson says whereas the laundry’s clientele was shrinking, it’s wholesale was rising, and saved gross sales sturdy by means of unsure occasions just like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s helped carry us by means of difficult occasions. So, (we’re simply) giving it the area that it deserves,” stated Anderson.
The many bins and buckets utilized by the roasters can get in the way in which of oldsters doing their laundry or going to the restroom, in accordance to Anderson. As part of the transfer, the restrooms may also be relocated nearer to the café, whereas the roasting gear will probably be moved to the again of the shop.
Anderson stated he nonetheless needs Standing Stone Coffee Co. to be a enterprise that contributes to the group, however plans to try this by focusing extra on their espresso gross sales.
“We need to proceed to have the ability to take care of the group, and the good factor is that we’re serving a better a part of central Pennsylvania right here, and so we are able to serve them, and take a style of Huntingdon round central Pennsylvania and symbolize Huntingdon, but in addition increase on what we’re doing right here to focus, hone our expertise, deal with the espresso itself as a software to take care of the group that manner, and simply want somewhat extra space to try this,” stated Anderson.
He acknowledges that the residents of uptown would nonetheless profit from having a laundry service inside strolling distance, however feels that’s not the position of the enterprise.
“I believe there is likely to be a necessity for that, however within the area that now we have, we weren’t in a position to do each elements of the enterprise nicely,” stated Anderson.
He stated the machines are additionally approaching an age the place they’ll want to get replaced quickly, however the funding didn’t make sense with the small variety of clients coming in. Anderson says that he’s approached Huntingdon House and different nonprofits to see if there may be any curiosity in receiving the washers and dryers as donations. There hasn’t been any curiosity but, however he hopes the machines can discover a second life after the café.
The laundry will formally shut Jan. 24 with work starting within the store afterwards. The café will probably be closed utterly for renovations through the week of Jan. 28, and can reopen for takeout solely the next week. The café will solely settle for takeout orders till the brand new restrooms are full. Anderson stated he hopes to be absolutely operational once more by the tip of February, if not every week earlier.