Downtown Findlay’s Coffee Amici was recently lauded by Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea from Columbus with its first annual Longevity Awards – an award owners can proudly display next to accolades from Findlay Area Family readers.
Findlay Area Family voters chose Coffee Amici earlier this year as the "Most Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop,” while Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recognized seven independent coffee shops in four states. Open now for twelve years, Coffee Amici prides itself on special brews as well as providing an artistic atmosphere for the public to enjoy.
"The community has accepted us,” said part-owner Lynne Calvelage. “We could do all the right things by the book and it doesn't really matter. You have to be accepted by your target audience and we have been."
Coffee Amici is owned by Lynne and her husband John as well as Craig and Jayne Allen. Each one of the owners brings something to the business that makes it stand out.
The Calvelages and Allens learned the tricks of the trade from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, which is a coffee roaster. The company teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan.
"Jayne and I were both homemakers, and the guys were the breadwinners. We only knew about our Mr. Coffee sitting on our counter. So we needed someone to bring us up to speed. Crimson Cup was there for us. Even though we're independent, we have a really strong supporter who is always there for us." said Lynne.
On winning both the Crimson Cup and Findlay Area Family awards, Lynne says that they appreciate all the support and patronage that the City of Findlay has given them. "Like most jobs, you go through the days one day to the next,” Lynne said. “For us to stop and receive these awards, it felt like a pat on the back by someone else for a change, and that felt really good."-AF