We had the good fortune of connecting with Kurt and Emily Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kurt and Emily, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has always been something we have been comfortable doing together. From impulsively moving cross country, to joining the van life movement in 2015, to taking in abandoned animals as our own, we have never shied away from it. When we heard Javastop was closing permanently, there was very little hesitation on our part. Our past quick decisions have always worked out in the end, we have gotten pretty good at working hard and following through once we decide to take that first big step.
What should our readers know about your business?
We are most proud of the community our business is a part of. We locally source everything we can, and the people we partner with make all the difference. The things that set us apart are the local coffee roasters, artists who display their work in our shop, families who make and package the best kombucha, and so much more. We own a coffee shop, which is not a rarity. There are Starbucks on every corner these days, The difference is Javastop has always been community oriented. Our regular customers have kept us going through COVID, We purchased the business recently, in June of 2020, during a pandemic. It has been challenging to say the least. Flexibility is key. Constantly rearranging, sterilizing, and changing how we operate entirely with each new update and requirement to keep everyone as safe as possible. It requires more behind the scenes work than most people realize, but it 100% worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Snowmobiling in Grand Lake if its winter. Hiking around the paint mines if its warmer. Any area of Rocky Mtn Ntl Park will do year round. The tea house in Boulder of course, who doesn’t want to see that hand crafted beauty. For both food and drinks, West Side Tavern in Longmont is by far the best.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The whole Collins family has been behind us all the way, and more helpful then can ever be explained. Karen, Ann, Kris, and Mike have been a HUGE help to us. They have believed in us every step of the way, and gone out of their way to assist us with anything and everything.