The winners of the entrepreneurship award for a medium size business have international roots; in Germany and locally in Portland. The two owners met in Berlin, and moved from Berlin to Astoria to take over a small business in Downtown Astoria. Their ambition was to live in Oregon, own a small café’, and be part of a smaller community.
They bought the business in 2012. At the time of the purchase, the business had struggled. With their passion and hearts, they have made it into a profitable business.
From 2012 to 2015, their business grew rapidly. In 2015, they expanded into the vacant storefront next to their existing shop, became a full-service café’, and have added dinner to their existing breakfast and lunch offerings. The new space also houses the kitchen build out.
And they continue to add jobs, with a count provided on the nomination form at 14 but a recent conversation with the owner with a number much larger than that.