Root Coffeehouse in Pittsburg, Kansas, is the epitome of local.
At the coffeehouse Root sources many items they sell locally, including using coffee beans from a roaster located in Pittsburg. Additionally, Root provides retail space for local artisans to sell their products. Currently located at 802 N Broadway, Root is scheduled to move into the new Block 22 project in the heart of downtown Pittsburg in the Fall of 2018.
When working with the team at the Kansas SBDC at Pittsburg State University (PSU), Root used thttps://usi.pittstate.edu/sbdc.htmlhe SBDC as many people do – as a sounding board for their business. We had an opportunity recently to talk with Root about their experience.
Kansas SBDC: What specific challenges prompted you to contact the Kansas SBDC?
Root: There is a very glaring difference between a concept and a reality. While we had bounced around the idea of a local coffee shop flourishing in our community driven college town, the thought of actually putting such a notion into action was very daunting.
My husband, Trent, and I (Lindsey) both had full-time jobs, and my sister, Taylor, was still in college at the time. However, after meeting with Sydney Anselmi and Tom Byler at the SBDC about our aspirations, we emerged with the confidence that not only was our plan a viable one, but we also had an incredible body of support behind us. We signed the lease on our current building within the week, and I left my job to bring Root to fruition a month later.
Kansas SBDC: How did your Kansas SBDC advisor or advisor team help you overcome these challenges? What solutions did you and your advisor discover together?
Root: Among many other things, the most important thing the SBDC did for us was give us the feedback and encouragement we needed to move forward with turning our business from an idea to a reality. They were supportive while also being practical and were able to advise us through any questions or problems that arose as we were opening our business.
Kansas SBDC: What specific results or outcomes have you experienced in your business since implementing these solutions? How have these results changed your business?
Root: We have been officially in business for two years now, and our sales have increased exponentially each year that we have been open. The SBDC has been a consistent presence as we continue to grow and has been fundamental in helping us secure a new location in Pittsburg’s downtown Block 22 project, set to open in August of 2018. We are anticipating a large increase in business with the move, as we will be located directly within a community of student apartments in the heart of downtown.
Kansas SBDC: When assisting you with your business, what did the Kansas SBDC do really well?
Root: We truly appreciate the willingness of the SBDC to be available in any capacity we’ve needed them. Their consistent support has been such an important part of our success as a business.
More about Root Coffeehouse
Kansas SBDC Advisor
Tom Byler, PSU
How SBDC helped Root Coffeehouse