Moons Root Coffee to hold LOL Festival

LIMA —Moons Root Coffee, a new business, will host a special event at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

Moon Nayyeff, who owns the shop, said that she wanted to get people outdoors.

“I thought it would be a good idea to get everybody into a community setting where you’re probably going to bump into neighbors and friends,” she said. “So we just wanted to put everyone together and celebrate spring out of hibernation mode.”

The shop, which has existed as a mobile trailer on the corner of Jameson St. since January 2023, also has a 1000-square-foot brick-and-mortar establishment with a drive-thru at its location at 941 W. Spring St. Nayyeff said that the proximity to Lima Memorial Health System, as well as new housing and apartments, is ideal for the business. And the location will be just as convenient for the festival.

“A lot of work has gone into reaching out to small businesses and find a category,” She said. “We didn’t duplicate anything and we still have a waiting list of about 40 so you’ll see people selling a little bit of everything. And more than half of the vendors attending the event will be local to Lima so you will bump into people that you might have seen at other markets.”

Among the vendors that will be at the festival will be food trucks like the Naughty Lobstah, Los Pollo Loco, Lucky’s Kitchen and Moons Root itself.

“We’ve got baked goods, about six food trucks and people can come out to just have lunch and check out the vendors,” Nayyeff said. “We’ve got about 50 vendors registered and they sell anything from wood to ceramics to lotions to soap.”

But more than anything, Nayyeff said that she hopes people who visit have a good time and see familiar faces.

“We want people to interact with us and ask us questions,” she said. “We want people to come and start building relationships as we enter market seasons. We want people to continue to support us through our journey of being a small business.”

And if all goes well, Nayyeff said that she hopes to turn the event into a tradition, potentially by season or month.

The Festival will take place at 674 W. Elm St. Entry to the event is $8.

Reach Jacob Espinosa at 567-242-0399.