Somewhere to re-open with new ownership

LIMA — Following a closure in February of last year, Somewhere is re-opening its doors at 804 W. North St. The new owner, Chad Rice was on the search for a new building and decided to purchase the building. Once it re-opens, the organization will open a coffee shop in the morning and a nightclub in the evening.

“The coffee shop is going to be our daytime operation,” Rice said. “It’s something that has never been done here before — I have a full-service coffee shop now. We do a mobile concessions unit and we take it to fairs, festivals and events. The next progression for me was a brick and mortar. I had started looking in Fort Wayne, where I live and I was four days from signing a lease. Then this became available.”

Rice said he canceled the opportunities in Fort Wayne and decided to purchase the building in Lima. Rice also said C2Custom Grinds will be the name of the coffee shop and Somewhere at Club Octane will be the name of the club.

“The coffee shop will be open every day from Monday through Saturday,” Rice said. “We will be closed on Sundays for deep cleaning. We do not just want to be a business. We have already started working with Equitas Health — we are going to do free STD testing and have HIV conversations.”

Rice also said the company will provide free therapy, tutoring for high school students and free drip coffee daily for first responders (EMS, police, fire, nurses). The building is located next to the Veterans Food Pantry. Rice said the business hopes to offer the same to the VA.

“The biggest thing is that this is a safe space for everybody who walks in those doors,” Rice said. “That kind of plays back to the coffee shop doing so much community outreach. We are also registering as a community safe space for women and children. If they need a haven, they can come here; we will give them a meal and make sure they are taken care of and then start calling our resource list to get them the help they need. We are offering the same thing to any LGBTQIA individual — anyone who needs it. We are here for you.”

For more information visit their Facebook page at Somewhere in Time. The doors will be open on Friday, March 1.