The Commonplace started as a simple dream. Julie and I wanted to have a place where we could serve the best coffee we could make in a simple, unassuming place that would make the community of Indiana, PA feel welcome and comfortable.
As the news is released today, I think back to that dream, which has become a reality over the past 8 or so years. I am most grateful for my wife for putting up with some crazy ideas – some that worked and some that didn’t. I am also grateful for the people that have worked hard next to us, making the wholesale operation a reality: Nancy Seale, Allyson Whitacre, Andre Chubb, David Sutfin, Dan Drummond, Bradly Richards, Jamie Lesh, Phil Johnson, and Drew VonArx.
Today’s news excites me in differently than we announced we would open a retail front in Pittsburgh. The move speaks more to the way our simple vision: that the Commonplace exists in Pittsburgh as a support to its current coffee scene, not to become the next coffee retail giant. We envision a time when every Pittsburgh coffee shop will have trained and knowledgeable baristas.
The new space will have a predominant wholesale presence, but will also be an experience center boasting machinery that can be played with, a training bar for new and existing shops to use, a classroom coffee education, and a space for people to come buy coffee AND a growler of the East End Brewing Company’s best beer.
Many thanks to all those who have supported us – especially those in Indiana who have put up with us throughout our early stages.
I can’t wait to see what’s next.