Lock No. 4, a new coffee shop in Beverly, is planning a soft opening later this month.
According to Lock No. 4’s Facebook page, it will offer “endless flavoring options” for speciality coffee drinks as well as cold, hot, and iced drinks. There will be options for non-coffee drinkers, such as lemonade and hot chocolate. The shop will also feature JR’s Donut Castle products fresh daily.
Destiny Schaab, who co-owns the coffee shop with her husband, said the reason they are opening the shop is because of a lack of good coffee in the area.
“We have teenage kids, and we are all huge coffee drinkers. When we went to Parkersburg or Marietta, we were always stopping, and my kids were going to get coffee,” Schaab said. “People socialize, grab a drink. It’s just an asset to our community.”
With just 3 weeks to go, the Lock No. 4 team is in the process of setting up equipment and decorating. Schaab said the staff is preparing for a big opening day.
The name Lock No. 4 came from the shop’s position near the Muskingum River and the owners’ interest in the area’s history.
“We’re on the river beside the Lock 4 in Beverly,” Schaab said, throwing in the shop’s catchphrase “Roasted on the River.
“I guess when we first thought about opening, we researched things about Beverly, and Lock 4 had several things,” she said.
Other aspects of the spot’s history caught the shop owners’ attention, too.
“A boat had exploded and only 4 people had survived. It was there and it was a pretty big event,” Schaab said. “That article was pretty intriguing to us. We are getting a new lock and new boat ramp. If you go down to the lock right now, there is an old sign. It says Lock 4 Beverly, Ohio, est. 1841.”
Schaab said she wants the shop to be a hub where people in the area can socialize and meet up, even if they are not coffee drinkers.
“I believe that there is something there for everyone,” Schaab said.
Another goal of the shop is to be part of reviving the community with a five-year plan.
To that end, the shop is working with milk distributors, such as Broughton, to bring back dairy industry careers that have dwindled in the area.
Because Lock No. 4 is family owned, Schaab said the shop will be family oriented and a place to give their 6 kids a job.
“It’s hard to give kids foundations these days,” Schaab said.
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