HOW DID SAVING THIS PLACE IMPACT PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Joshua Benitone, Owner
Crown Brew Coffee Co. has been an example of hope and community in our region during a very difficult season in our country. We had our grand opening in October 2020, mid-pandemic, showing that despite all of the struggle and hurdles created by COVID-19, there was still a bright future for our city and its businesses. Since then, we have over 1,000 customers a week come through our doors. Every week we receive feedback from customers and out-of-town visitors about the character of the space, the unique design elements and just the beauty of the whole environment. It has set a high bar for other businesses coming downtown and has become a source of pride for our city and region.
Beyond the design, our business is most highly praised for the community and atmosphere that is created by our team. Crown Brew exists to build community and bring people together. We do this by creating space for people to connect and create meaningful relationships. Whether this is through community events, partnerships with other local businesses or just creating amazing craft beverages and signature dishes, we love to host people and create a safe space for anyone.
Our business is both an example of restoration in a building and restoration in community. Our customers span age, race, gender and religion. We see all kinds of people using our space and business as a catalyst to build both old and new relationships. There is a peace in the atmosphere that is contagious to the people enjoying it every day.
We have over dozen staff members on our team. In the last 18 months, five of them have purchased older and historic homes downtown and began the process of renovating and restoring them, contributing to the overall city revival.
Crown Brew Coffee Co. (CBCC) was the first business to open in a downtown revitalization experiment, and its success has been upheld as an example of what is possible when neighborhoods are restored. The work on this historic rehab was funded in part by a TIF from the City of Marion, which is making an effort to revitalize the downtown and see its historic buildings purchased, restored and utilized to their full potential.
(Photo credit: Crown Brew Coffee)