So when we last left our hero, he was in the process of starting a coffee bus! But he’s not anymore. The short version of the story is the partnership which was established just didn’t work out. We sold the bus and parted ways. I had a blast building the bus. I even used it one weekend for a BBQ & Brews festival. It was very well received and I think a concept like it would go over very well in the area. It just wasn’t meant to be for me. That grand experiment in striking out on my own did prove to be a valuable experience that helped to lead in to where I am now. In the words of Semisonic, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
In August, I was asked to take the helm of a non-profit coworking space in Canton, GA. The back story which lead up to this is incredible and truly something orchestrated by God. I will go into greater detail in other posts, but suffice it to say I knew 6 years ago I would be doing almost EXACTLY what I am doing today. I had actually started the process of opening a cafe and coworking space. I had a business plan, I was searching for funding and a building. The word coworking wasn’t in the popular vernacular on the east coast back then, but I wanted to open a large event space with a small cafe section, offices to rent, and dedicated desks from which people could work. I would lease a large event space to a church on Sundays and charge them enough to cover all my overhead. it was brilliant!
Fast forward a few years and that is what I do now with The Oak House. We are still looking for a contractor to do some small renovation on the space we have, but it is happening. This dream and vision I had 6 years ago is finally coming to fruition. My other company, North Georgia Coffee Co., is still operating but I only dedicate a couple of hours per month to it. The Oak House will eventually level off and I can revitalize North Georgia Coffee Co eventually. I don’t want to kill it off because I think it is a great brand and has a great following. I still make a few sales every month and I may use it as a proving ground for my son, Declan. He is very entrepreneurial and loves the idea of running a business. Maybe I’ll let him take over NGCC.
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