Stone House Sweets in Englewood, Ohio Joins Crimson Cup Community of Independent Coffee Shops

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Stone House Sweets in Englewood, Ohio has joined the community of independent coffee houses, cafés and bakeries supported by Ohio coffee roaster and franchise alternative Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. The new bakery and coffee shop at 322 Union Blvd. in Englewood celebrated its grand opening Nov. 18.

Stone House Sweets Bakery and Coffee Englewood Ohio
We’re excited to welcome another bakery to the Crimson Cup community. Our experience shows that specialty coffee drinks and baked goods make an ideal combination for a small, community-based business. - Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Another new coffee business has joined the community of independent coffee houses, cafés and bakeries supported by Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. Stone House Sweets serves Crimson Cup beverages and fresh-baked cookies, cakes, candies and other treats at 322 Union Blvd., Suite B, in Englewood, Ohio.

“We’re excited to welcome another bakery to the Crimson Cup community,” said Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup founder and president. “Our experience shows that specialty coffee drinks and baked goods make an ideal combination for a small, community-based business.”

In addition to baked goodies and custom-order cakes, Stone House Sweets serves a full menu of hot and cold espresso, cappuccino, latte and mocha drinks, drip coffee, smoothies, and hot and iced teas.

Stone House Sweets Owner Beth Duncan had been running successful bakery business out of her home kitchen for a number of years. As orders continued to pour in, her business outgrew her kitchen. After deciding to open a retail bakery, she learned how to open a coffee shop through Crimson Cup’s 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. The program is based on Ubert’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry. This commonsense guide covers everything needed to start a coffee shop.

“Our Seven Steps program is perfect for small business owners,” Ubert said. “It offers all the support of a coffee franchise – and more – but without franchise fees, royalties or business restrictions.”

In client surveys, Crimson Cup has found that 90 percent of coffee-shop customers completing its Seven Steps to Success training program have been in business for five years or longer. By comparison, federal government statistics show that two of every three new restaurants – including independent coffee shops – close within three years of opening.

Crimson Cup developed this alternative to coffee shop franchises because Ubert believes independent coffee shops are more profitable and more enjoyable for the owners.

“Opening a coffee shop is often a labor of love for the owners,” he said. “They soon discover it’s hard work, but that the long hours are worth it because it’s their baby. They get to choose the location, operating hours, décor and hundreds of other details that would be dictated by a franchise. They also can combine their coffee shop with a bakery or other business as Beth has done.”

To learn more about Stone House Sweets, visit the shop's website or Facebook page.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Since 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has hand-roasted specialty coffee in Columbus, Ohio and taught independent business owners how to be successful through its coffee shop franchise alternative program. Sustainably sourced Crimson Cup coffee is available through a network of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 28 states, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee House in the Columbus suburb of Clintonville. For more information, visit crimsoncup.com.

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