By Lauren Johnson
Around the second week of July, Village Coffee hopes to open a second location on the Square in downtown Troy.
The coffee shop will still continue to operate at its current location on 119 E Southland Village as well as this new location.
Owner Tommy Lowery explained that for the past 10 years people from the city and real estate agents tried to get him to relocate to the Square. At the time, Lowery was concerned there wasn’t enough traffic, but now, he feels it’s the right time.
Lowery wanted to have a site downtown for his own private roaster to roast coffee beans as well as having a small coffee shop extension.
“For about two or three years, my wife, Robin, and I where looking for the right property, and we were finally told that a place was coming available,” Lowery said.
He said the building had more space than he initially wanted, but it worked out in the long run.
Lowery has a two-stage plan for the new location. First, is to open a retail shop, coffee bar and a roasting facility. “We will have a lot of gift items that fit with the downtown area including our special made scripture mugs, local honey, and our roasted products,” he said.
The second phase, expected in early 2021, includes a rentable conference room, available for group meetings, with coffee service supplied.
In 2004, when Lowery first opened Village Coffee in Troy, he hired a coffee consultant to help teach the recipes and formulas that were needed to make good product. “After 16 years, we haven’t strayed far from that,” Lowery said.
Back in 2004, Lowery said most people didn’t believe that a coffee shop like Village Coffee would ever succeed in Troy because they just preferred black coffee. However, this coffee shop has indeed become a success.
“From what we’ve been hearing from people, they have been anticipating our downtown opening for quite a while,” Lowery said.
Lowery his very thankful for his staff, their teamwork, and all they do on a daily basis. “I’m probably about 10 percent of the operation. The other 90 comes from God’s favor and a great staff. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that formula,” Lowery said.
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