We had the good fortune of connecting with Andy & Lisa Hawker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andy & Lisa, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
We started the Filling Station with community-building in mind. Our values include hospitality, friendship, and service, and the Filling Station was created so we could share those values and enhance our community.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We just opened our doors September 4, 2020. It’s a challenging time to start a business, but the timing just worked out that way due to permitting, construction, etc. We serve craft beer, wine, hard cider, and seltzer, as well as soft drinks and chips. Our process began five years ago when we came up with the idea to create the classic third space where people gather, interact, grow relationships, feel welcome and comfortable, and enjoy life with others in our community. One of the most important lessons we learned through this process was that opening a brick-and-mortar business will always take about twelve months longer than you think it will!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’re located in Englewood, and there are a lot of wonderful businesses in our neck of the woods. We love the Whiskey Biscuit, Brewability Lab, 4Gs Mexican restaurant, Moe’s Original BBQ, the Tabletop Tap, Devil’s Head Distillery, Cafe 180, Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, the Englewood Grand, Felt, El Tepehuan, Edward’s Pipe & Tobacco Shop, Breakfast Queen, Gennaro’s Cafe Italiano, One Barrel American Bistro & Wine Bar, and of course, the Gothic Theater (once it re-opens!)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We are surrounded by a cloud of supporters and friends, who we refer to as our Pit Crew & Sponsors due to the automotive theme of our tap house. They include long-time friends, members of the Neighborhood Church, colleagues, coworkers, and family members. Their names are the first thing you see when you come in our door. Each of these people have their own miniature license plate.