CHIPLEY - As if we weren't impressed enough by the 'coffee with a purpose' that empowers each purchase to make a difference in someone else's life, Box Car Coffee of Chipley has brewed an even stronger pot with its Summer Concert Series.
"Part of the mission statement is to provide a place for our community, for people to come, to create relationships and build community," said Box Car Coffee manager Tammy Darby.
The concert series features two local musicians every Saturday night in July at 6:30 p.m., excluding the last weekend. Tickets are $5.50 online in advance and $6 at the door (standing room only). Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.
"All of them are local," Darby said. "They are very good."
The proceeds will go to supporting the shop's mission.
Back in late October when the shop opened downtown at 1365 S. Railroad, the shop had touted a dedication to harness collaborative space by providing meeting areas for small gatherings, business meetings and study groups. During business hours, these areas may be reserved at no cost; and for a fee after hours. Wi-Fi is included.
It's important to not, Box Car Coffee of Chipley, Inc. is a for profit business that donates to local nonprofit organizations. While it currently has given locally only, in the future, the company is planning to donate to international causes.
Friday afternoon, the shop was open late for Taryn Metheny's baby shower.
Surrounded by family and friends who showered her with gifts for the soon-to-be-here baby girl, Methany knew she couldn't have chosen a better place.
"Do you smell it in here - I like this setting," she said. "They're really nice here."
Methany's testimony rings true of the intimate and cozy, yet refreshingly contemporary design of the coffee shop. Before entering, one gets a whiff of the fragrance of freshly brewed coffee floating around at the awning. But, perhaps it's the freshly baked goods or the special flavors used to infuse the coffees that grounds people to stay a little longer - or simply become a regular.
"Even in our little town," she said, "you have to be intentional about developing friendships."
The concert series is yet another way the coffee shop is connecting people and steeping synergy.
"To me, it's so peaceful here," Darby said, Friday afternoon as she sat at one of the tall bar tables. "With the Christian music, part of 'the feel' is that. We want to glorify God in everything that we do and we want to do it with excellence."
Stay up to date with Box Car Coffee on Facebook listed as Box Car Coffee of Chipley and on Instagram as bc_coffee. To purchase tickets to the Summer Concert Series, go to www.scsatboxcar.eventbrite.com.