ENGLEWOOD — It’s formal, Mike Avey has passed the coffee mug to new owner Kris Hartley.
Avey, the founder of Joe Maxx Coffee Co. not long ago transferred possession of the espresso store he opened Jan. 29, 2016, at 450 W. Dearborn St.
“Kris delivers a substantial volume of food service knowledge along with a passion to have and run a progressive neighborhood-based mostly espresso cafe,” Avey reported. “We’re really thrilled that Kris will be maintaining practically every little thing that folks enjoy about Joe Maxx, and bringing in new passion and pleasure for additions to the item.”
Hartley, 47, returned to Florida after just about 18 a long time in Maryland. She beforehand resided in Broward County where she had managed a regional chain of bagel-and-coffee stores. She moved north in 2003 to dwell in close proximity to relatives. While in Maryland she labored for a Washington, D.C.-based mostly legislation agency.
“Kris has a wonderful appreciation for our veterans and initial responders alongside with our frontline health and fitness personnel,” Avey mentioned. “Her father is a previous Army helicopter pilot and her mother and father reside near Orlando.”
For now Hartley is renting a household in Rotonda West and hopes to get a home below.
Hartley is expending time acquiring to know the personnel at the coffee store and other organization house owners along Dearborn Street.
“I like that we have a little ebook library and a modest foods pantry at the cafe to aid anyone in require,” she mentioned.
Hartley said she could increase lunchtime sandwiches and wraps to the menu in the upcoming. She reported that may possibly assistance those who do the job close by incorporate an solution to their lunch options. She may well also incorporate some frozen dog treats.
“I don’t see any quick changes going on,” she claimed. “The staff members and the locals are really the ideal at supplying feedback on what can be performed to boost the enterprise or what modifications are necessary. Or else, people today can occur in this article, drink espresso, listen to songs and chat.”
Hartley said she constantly preferred to return to Florida and open her individual local community-primarily based coffee cafe/bakery.
“I experienced been looking for yrs for a cafe,” she claimed. “This just one truly appeared ideal. Englewood seems like a really pleasant community. I seriously liked what I noticed when I arrived to Joe Maxx.”
Around a shot of espresso, Avey used time telling Hartley about the hugely profitable nearby Thursday Farmer’s Industry, the Halloween Safe and sound Stroll on Dearborn Street, how nearby Xpertech Automobile Fix owner Kathleen Jarosik will appear in and give any and all sources available.
Avey also stated about the job of the Englewood Local community Redevelopment Company that allows Dearborn Avenue modest small business house owners and co-sponsors loads of functions held alongside the avenue to improve tourism, assist nonprofits and generates foot website traffic.
The shop which sells frozen inexperienced tea lattes, chai teas, New York-style bagels, breakfast sandwiches and espresso is open up 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Avey explained he’s very pleased his staff produced it as a result of the pandemic, specially with community assist.
“Our doors opened at 7 o’clock just about every day 7 times a 7 days besides for a quick a person-thirty day period shutdown for the pandemic that has affected us all so considerably,” he claimed. “Joe Maxx Espresso Englewood has been serving the most effective cup of coffee since 2016 and will go on to be the cloth of the Englewood neighborhood.”