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Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Photo: Drawing of raffle winner for Toys for Kids basket

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One of the big fundraisers for Don Carroll's Toys for Kids charity is a raffle for a giant gift basket of lottery tickets. Saturday, Carroll had Coffee Culture's Danielle Phelps draw the winning ticket. The winner was Jim and Sandy Foster of Mocksville, North Carolina.

Next Saturday, Santa arrives in town to provide families served by Carroll's charity with presents and pizza.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Photo: Ribbon-cutting for new meeting space at Coffee Culture

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Coffee Culture, downtown

Brenda Richardson, manager of Batavia's Coffee Culture location thought an empty room in their building was going to waste, so she suggested turning it into an event center available to the community.

Her bosses apparently liked the idea because Thursday evening, Chamber President Lynn Freeman joined her for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new room.

The room is available for rental for parties, meetings and other group gatherings.

The spacious room is decorated with paintings by local artists. The paintings are also for sale.

Among the handouts for chamber members at the ribbon cutting was a flier advertising the availability of the Coffee Culture store to a franchisee. According to the flier, for an investment of about $295,000, you could become the owner of your own coffee house right in Downtown Batavia. SBA loans are available.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Canadian coffee chain lured to Batavia by tax breaks

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Coffee Culture, taxes

coffee-round-logo.gifA Canadian-based coffee chain is planning a location on Court Street with a "European style" formula, and the company is getting tax breaks that helped entice it to Batavia, according to an announcement by GCEDC today.

Coffee Culture stands to save $37,200 in taxes on its new equipment and building improvements to 6 Court St., and the company is also seeking property tax exemptions on the increased value the remodeled property will garner.

It's a program, according to GCEDC's Chad Zambito, that is available to any business, local or out of the area, that is investing at least $50,000 in its start up.

Ken Mistler, who is opening a coffee shop at Main and Jackson, declined the same assistance primarily because the timing of the process did not match Mistler's plans, Zambito said. Mistler was unavailable for comment this afternoon.

Coffee Culture plans to spend $330,000 to renovate the 2,500-square-foot location and turn it into a "high end" cafe and eatery. Initially, the business will be corporate-operated, but will be available to a potential franchise operator. It will offer free wi-fi, a plasma TV and meeting space.

Besides gourmet coffee, the chain offers breakfast and lunch sandwiches and desserts.

Zambito gave full credit to Don Burkel at the BID for getting GCEDC involved in the process of recruiting Coffee Culture to Batavia.

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