Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fort Thomas Coffee Looking for its Next Owners to Carry on Tradition of Community


Fort Thomas Coffee owners, David and Lori Valentine are looking for buyers for their coffee shop, located at 118 N. Fort Thomas Avenue in the heart of the Central Business District.

They announced today on their website, that after seven years, they are ready for the next chapter.

"It’s difficult to even write the words, but our time as the “coffee shop family” is coming to end," Lori wrote. "Our hope is to find the next owners who will continue the mission of Fort Thomas Coffee, furthering it as a community hub and making the shop even better for the people of this town who truly deserve an amazing spot."


She said that they will begin looking for the shop's next owners immediately and that the shop will continue to operate normally until then.

"Our amazing staff will continue to serve the community with the same quality and care as always," she said.

Fort Thomas Coffee is quite literally where Fort Thomas Matters got its start. As a startup business and without the cashflow needed for a permanent office, FTC provided internet, community and shelter for the fair price of a coffee and an occasional coffee cake or bagel.

Fort Thomas Coffee hosted FTM's Story Matters events in the shop to bring the community closer through sharing personal stories of triumph, grief and life.

The Valentines are responsible for helping to pull the fabric of Fort Thomas closer, let's help them find the next owners who'll carry on that tradition.

If you are interested or know someone who is, please email serious inquiries to fortthomascoffee@gmail.com.

Here's what the Valentines wrote on their website:



THE FTC STORY

Seven years ago, on an unseasonably warm winter day, I walked to Moyer to pick up my little ones, my youngest riding in a stroller. On our walk, I noticed that Three French Hens was closing. Immediately, I had a very strong feeling that this space should be a community coffee shop.

BUILDING FTC

As I walked, I imagined what a coffee shop in Fort Thomas would be like and how it could offer a place for the community to gather and build relationships. Moms like me could have a space for kids to play while catching up over a cup of coffee. Teens could sit together after school. Families could come on the weekends and enjoy one another and other families.

I couldn’t wait to share this crazy idea with my husband, David. He agreed we should do some research and look into the possibility of opening up a community coffee shop. But it seemed crazy! We didn’t know anything about opening our own business and we didn’t know much about coffee—except that we both loved it. We both came from marketing and design backgrounds, so at least we had a good logo and t-shirt designs going for us. But as we got deeper into the adventure of starting our own business, we had so many friends who offered their time and talent. Friends helped us design the interior (even donating our large red chandelier). A neighbor helped build the bar area. A group of men built our barn wood wall. Experts in the field gave us great counsel on how to run a business and gave us connections. We got smarter about coffee equipment, commercial ice makers, and health department rules. The journey of opening Fort Thomas Coffee was one of the most special and memorable times of our lives. At this point, our kids have practically grown up in the coffee shop—and we have been able to teach them the value of serving others and being part of a family team with a mission.

The past 7 years have been incredible. We’ve made very special friendships that we’ll always treasure, and we’ve felt so supported by this community.

OUR NEXT STEP


It’s difficult to even write the words, but our time as the “coffee shop family” is coming to end. One of my favorite songs is “To Everything There is a Season” by the Byrds—and we have loved this season of running FTC. Our hope is to find the next owners who will continue the mission of Fort Thomas Coffee, furthering it as a community hub and making the shop even better for the people of this town who truly deserve an amazing spot.

We’ll start our careful search for the next owners immediately. In the meanwhile, nothing will change at Fort Thomas Coffee. Our amazing staff will continue to serve the community with the same quality and care as always.

Please email serious inquiries to fortthomascoffee@gmail.com and we’ll share more details on the proposal process.

Lori Valentine

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Valentines, for the last 7 years. FTC has become such an important part of our community, thanks to you. I respect how you stuck to your principals and balanced what was good for the business and our town, with what was good for your young family. I'm sure you had a constant stream of people asking you why you weren't open after 4pm, why you weren't open on Sundays. Good luck finding the perfect new owner - I look forward to FTC 2.0!

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