Coffee with a side of…

             When it comes to networking in the Grand Valley, as it does across the country, the favorite spots for locals revolve around a cup of coffee. Perhaps the biggest problem the valley’s networkers face is in deciding where to meet, as our area boasts many great coffee houses—whose specialties and amenities go well beyond what coffee or latte to order. The best news is that if you can’t get to their place, they are more than willing to come to yours.  

            Enstrom Candies has a full service espresso bar with pastries and breakfast items and, of course, its world famous toffee and candies. Enstrom recently added breakfast burritos and quiches to give its customers something a little less sweet to have with their coffee. “Our shop stays pretty busy in the early morning with small groups meeting over coffee and other goodies,” says Jamee Simons, “I never dreamed that people would come to Enstrom for coffee and buy candy as an after-thought!” 

            Main Street Bagels and Artisan Bakery Café has been a downtown staple for many years. In addition to its award winning menu and healthy menu, Main Street boasts plenty of room for groups to meet, both large and small. “The bagel shop offers private meeting rooms seating up to 40 people,” says Mark Smith, “however, many smaller groups choose to take advantage of the energy in the busy, main dining area.”

            Einstein Bros. Bagels offers customers the ability to enjoy breakfast or lunch at their office with it s catering services. This way, local companies can network using the amenities available at their own offices while still enjoying Einstein’s great variety of coffee, bagels and lunch menu. “We take away the hassle of having you or someone on your staff having to go out and pick up breakfast or lunch,” says John Cassity, “This way our customers can do what they do best, and that is focusing on their clients.”

            So no matter what your business may need as it relates to the networker’s drink of choice, the local folks supplying the coffee and related foods and services have you covered, at their place or yours. “It’s great being a part of such a busy, community meeting place,” says Smith.

            “I think our clients enjoy the happy atmosphere in our shop,” adds Simons, “After all, who isn’t happy around chocolate?”