By Morgan Abate
A local market in downtown Burlington launched a crowdfunding campaign on Oct. 9, to raise money for a new coffee bar that would help meet local, specialty coffee needs for the community.
“There aren’t any coffee shops nearby in Burlington,” said Marketing Manager Sarah Southern. “There’s no place for specialty coffee.”
Company Shops Market has been serving coffee since it opened in 2011, but according to Southern, they have always been looking to expand their offerings. Before launching the campaign, Company Shops surveyed their customers about adding coffee options. The majority wanted Company Shops to expand.
“This is definitely for the benefit of the customers,” she said. “Not only are we providing an ample response, we’re trying to meet that need.”
The money raised will go toward expanding the deli area and reconfiguring some of the space to make room for a coffee bar complete with espresso machine. The expansion will make the deli area more efficient. Customers will be able to purchase their coffee and deli sandwiches separate from the checkout lanes.
Other additions and supplies include:
Stainless steel frothing pitchers, stirring utensils, coffee tampers, espresso portafilter holders
Porcelain coffee cups and saucers
Small, under-the-counter commercial refrigerator for dairy products
Small ice maker
New signage and promotional materials