Meyers, California coffee shop on the market; woman builds Kickstarter campaign to buy it
MEYERS — Freel Perk coffee shop is a bustling stopping point in Meyers, with the scent of fresh-brewed local coffee wafting in the air.
Now the coffee shop, known for its laid-back atmosphere, is up for sale; owner Barbara Gerland wants to keep it local.
So does its barista Jennifer Lay, who’s brewing up a crowdfunding campaign to purchase Freel Perk for $135,000.
Lay said it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up and one she felt she could reach out the community for support.
“It made sense because I have a personal relationship with this place,” Lay said of her online campaign.
Lay has worked at Freel Perk on and off for two years, and as a barista overall for 10 years.
“I’m definitely passionate about coffee,” Lay said.
According to Gerland, she opened Freel Perk in 2013 for one reason: Meyers needed its own coffee shop.
“The closest one is Starbucks five miles away,” Gerland said. “I run early in the morning and sometimes I would think I need a cup of coffee.”
When Freel Perk first opened four years ago, Lay said the coffee shop was spartan, but she could smell the potential.
“Freel Perk has come a long way; but since the business is still so new, there’s a long way to go yet,” Lay added.
Both Lay and Gerland note that the coffee shop has become a local anchor in the small town and example of the growth occurring there.
“We have this blossoming environment; and with the right type of partnerships, it can grow,” Lay said.
Gerland said Lay would be the obvious choice as a buyer, but she’s not limiting her options.
“Jennifer knows the business, and it would be ideal because I wouldn’t have to a lot of training,” Gerland said.
Freel Perk’s Kickstarter campaign can be found online at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/511958463/freel-perk-coffee-with-altitude-lets-keep-it-local