LIMA — Positive vibes are all the way around at Lima’s newest downtown coffeehouse. Vibe Coffeehouse and Cafe held a “soft” opening on Monday.
It’s located toward the rear of the 311 Building at 311 E. Market St., Lima.
For owner and CEO Carlton McLellan, it’s been a long process to bring his dream to reality.
“We started about four years ago — 2017 to be exact, looking for a space here in downtown because we’re just excited about what was happening downtown and always wanted to own a coffee shop and do something here for my hometown community,” McLellan said.
The vacant warehouse showed promise, and McLellan was ready to transform the space.
“We happened upon this old warehouse space that we’re sitting in now. It was just a big, old, vacant, ugly, nasty — what you would expect from a warehouse but immediately saw just an open airy kind of space that we can put a stamp on and turn it into something that I call relaxed, urban industrial,” McLellan said.
The space had been used for smaller events such as a poetry slam. Now its full purpose has been realized as a coffeehouse.
“We specialize in African coffees. We specialize in roasting — we roast our own coffee… and also coming up with my ownwhat I call ‘craft coffees,’” McLellan said.
Vibe Coffehouse and Cafe also offers food menu items such as ham and turkey, salami and cheese, ham and cheese and beef and cheddar.
“I love a good deli sandwich, and I think many people do,” McLellan said.
McLellan says the business is about three things.
“Vibe Coffeehouse and Cafe is really to bring an enjoyable place to the community and bring great coffee to the community, but at the same time teach the community and talk to the community about the rest of the world through coffee as a global commodity,” Mclellan said.
Vibe Coffeehouse and Cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The business is closed on Sundays.
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