By Allison Collins
BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge husband-and-wife team, Jason and Erica Hall, plan to enliven the downtown Bainbridge business scene when they open their 25 West Main St. coffee shop, Small Town Perks, early next month.
“My wife’s from Bainbridge,” Jason explained, “and being from a small town, it’s always been one of her dreams to open up a small business.”
Erica, too, said her ties to the community fueled her desire to launch locally.
“The storefront was open and, being from Bainbridge, I hate to see anything open and abandoned,” she said. “We’d had the thought in our minds for about six months, but it wasn’t until the space opened up that we were like, ‘Wow, let’s do it.”
That local, chilled-out coffee cafes with an emphasis on a quality brew are gaining in popularity, Jason said, helped them narrow their business focus.
“Coffee shops, like microbreweries 10 years ago, are becoming popular,” he said. Erica added, “(Coffee shops) seem … pretty popular right now and we’ve been to a few other ones in the area, so we thought Bainbridge needed one, too.”
Small Town Perks will offer a specialty house blend, a flavored coffee of the day, iced and hot coffees, iced and hot tea, European hot chocolate (described by Jason as “phenomenal”), pastries, baked goods and bagels, homemade soups and more. Following a grand opening expected in March, Small Town Perks will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.