“We’re excited to welcome Frank and Lea to the Crimson Cup community. We look forward to a long and productive partnership as Gathering Grounds flourishes in the Huron community.
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) July 30, 2015
Another new coffee business has joined the community of independent coffee houses, cafés and bakeries supported by Ohio coffee roaster and coffee franchise alternative Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. Owned by Frank and Lea Wechter, Gathering Grounds Coffee House serves hot and frozen espresso drinks, gourmet teas, smoothies, and locally-made pastries at 404 Main St. in Huron, Ohio, near the post office and the Boat Basin.
“We’re excited to welcome Frank and Lea to the Crimson Cup community,” said Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup founder and president. “We look forward to a long and productive partnership as Gathering Grounds flourishes in the Huron community.”
Managed by Lea Wechter, Gathering Grounds held its soft opening several months ago after completing Crimson Cup’s initial, on-site training. More recently, the Wechters celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, a face painter, live music and drawings for prizes from around the community.
With seating for 40, Gathering Grounds has become a local meeting place for friends, students, community groups and business people. The coffee shop also hosts after-hour parties, including tea parties that come complete with tiaras for the younger crowd.
The couple owns another Huron business, but always wanted to open a coffee business. “It’s important to do something you have passion for,” said Frank Wechter. “It makes running a business so much easier.”
The Wechters learned how to open a coffee shop through Crimson Cup’s Seven Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program. Based on Ubert’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, the program teaches prospective coffee house owners everything they need to create a thriving business.
The couple turned to Crimson Cup as its roasting and training partner because of the quality of the coffee and consulting services.
“Our program offers all the support of a coffee franchise – and more – but without franchise fees, royalties or business restrictions,” Ubert noted. Hands-on consulting covers everything from writing a coffee shop business plan and finding the right location to choosing equipment, hiring and training staff, attracting customers and more.
In client surveys, Crimson Cup has found that 85 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.
Using this proven system, Crimson Cup has helped open hundreds of independent coffee shops in 29 states since 1991. A dozen new coffee shops in eight states joined the Crimson Cup community in 2014 alone.
To keep up with the latest happenings at Gathering Grounds, like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gathering-Grounds-Coffee-House-Huron-OH/735250259868600.
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, which includes a coffee shop business plan template. 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 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in the Columbus suburbs of Clintonville and Upper Arlington. For more information, visit crimsoncup.com.