Ribbon cutting for West Virginia’s first tenant-operated coffee shop

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 4:07 PM EDT
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WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A ribbon cutting marked the grand opening of a new coffee shop.

Coalfield Development held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Betty and Joe’s Trout’s Hill Coffee in Wayne on Thursday.

The shop is West Virginia’s first tenant-operated coffee shop and will provide employment and training opportunities for tenants of the Urlings Building, a recent development with five housing units.

The project was completely funded through a Kickstarter campaign that started in April 2015.

“Trout’s Hill Coffee” was chosen as the name to reaffirm a proud Appalachian based heritage and to honor the Trout family. “Betty and Joe’s” was added to the name after a Kickstarter campaign reward was set up; anyone contributing a certain amount of money was allowed to help name it.

Shelia Newman matched the amount and named it after her parents who were members of the Wayne community.

Newman says “We’re very proud. We really want it to succeed. We’d love to see this town come back. When we come back to visit and we drive through and all the shops and stores are gone. And it’s not the same town we grew up in. We would love to see that come back.”