Open Door Coffee Company looking for help through Kickstarter

Mixture of old and new combine with opening of downtown coffee shop

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- Residents looking for a modern cup of coffee in a location steeped with local history will soon have a place to go for work or pleasure.

Owners of the Open Door Coffee Company hope to open their shop, located in the former Saywell's Drug building on North Main Street, in May. The shop will occupy the spot vacated by Hattie's Cafe at the end of last year.

"We are trying to get the word out to the people of Hudson that we are a Hudson-based business, as opposed to some big corporate company from Seattle, moving in there. We are not a franchise," Charles Pinnell, who will manage the shop with his wife, Deborah, said.

The company's mission is "brewed with care, served with pride, and enjoyed with indulgent pleasure," Pinnell said.

In order to help with renovation and opening costs, the Pinnells launched a variety of funding drives, including a Kickstarter campaign, which runs through April 28.

"We are installing only state of the art equipment and we will use the very best, hand-selected coffee beans and ingredients," according to a company funding release. "We ask you and thank you for your support no matter how large or small."

Pinnell hopes to raise at least $15,000 through the online funding campaign to help offer the customers a "comfortable eclectic mixture," Pinnell said.

"The business aspect will be very modern, but the surroundings will incorporate a lot of the old history," Pinnell said. "That drug store was the cornerstone of Hudson and we want to include a lot of that."

The coffee will be served from hand-picked beans, shipped only from plantations which participate in fair trade practices, Pinnell added.

"As a truly conscientious coffee company, we understand the responsibility of being a link in the delicate consumption and production of coffee," according to Pinnell. "Our roaster works personally with farms and growers and is actively involved in the welfare of the families that for generations have worked the plantations and we proudly support the Coffee Kids Mission, to work with coffee farming family to improved their lives and livelihoods."

All proceeds from items related to Coffee Kids Mission will go to the charity, Pinnell said.

Restoration is underway and the soda fountains, a trademark of the former drug store, will be replaced with coffee spigots. Original furnishings, as well as the marble soda bar, are being restored to add to the ambiance, Pinnell said.

"This is part of the plan to provide a gathering place that is rich in history and also the arts and music," according to Pinnell.

The Pinnells will manage the shop with three or four additional employees, including an IT manager.

Customers will be able to order via text or smartphone, Pinnell added. Wi-Fi will also be available for customers.

Days and hours of operation will be announced at a later time.

This is the first venture into the coffee business for the Pinnells, who both have a background in retail.

"I have a passion for food. I'm a gourmet cook [and] I'm extremely involved in food, teas and coffee," Pinnell said. "My extensive travels throughout the world have given me a pretty good feel for what a good cup of coffee should be like -- you can't find one in too many places."

Aside from coffee, the shop will offer home baked goodies, a variety of hot and cold beverages, art and Friday night live music.

"This is going to be a destination and gathering place," Pinnell said. "And we are not cutting corners -- we are trying to do this right. We didn't want to be just another coffee shop."

For more information contact the shop at opendoorcoffeecompany@gmail.com or call 440-476-0941.

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