Novel Blends proprietor Michael Stoepler says he hopes the brand new bookstore and low store on South Foremost Avenue will present an environment that enables neighborhood members to get comfortable.
“We would like folks to linger and keep some time,” Stoepler stated.
The enterprise, which opened Sept. 9, is positioned at 116 S. Foremost St.
The concept for Novel Blends got here, partially, out of a want to assist space non-profits. Stoepler stated he and his spouse beforehand began a non-profit and found how tough it was for such organizations to get cash.
“We needed to begin a enterprise that might assist different non-profits, within the Bowling Inexperienced space particularly, to get some cash for the nice work that they do,” he stated, noting that “1% of all that now we have is meant to go to them.”
As a veteran, Stoepler stated they began with an curiosity in veterans points that expanded to a want to assist different teams.
“We’ve determined we have been going to attempt to assist anyone we may,” he stated. “That’s the way it took place.”
As of Wednesday’s interview Stoepler famous they hadn’t but contacted the entire teams they plan to learn “as a result of we simply opened and I’m simply getting my ft moist.”
Add to that daughter Megan Jablonoski’s expertise within the barista world, “and the entire household are avid readers, so we type of put the 2 collectively” and arrived at Novel Blends.
Stoepler says they serve espresso from native roasters in Perrysburg and Findlay, and have specialty espresso drinks than run the gamut, from lattes to cappuccino and americanos, “the entire 9 yards, teas, no matter you wish to have.”
Relating to the books at Novel Blends, Stoepler stated they largely inventory fiction.
“Though we do have autobiography and memoir and biography. Most of them are fiction, most of them are newer writers,” he stated. “We are able to order something that folks need, however we needed to stay with newer writers, writers attempting to interrupt into the U.S. market, that kind of factor.
“I needed a espresso store the place you possibly can sit and work,” Stoepler stated, “the place youngsters from BG would really feel snug hanging out and doing their homework.”
He stated he hopes that when patrons come into the shop, they’ll discover a comfortable environment that’s additionally aesthetically pleasing.
Novel Blends can also be a household affair. Megan is the primary barista and Stoepler stated he and his son did the lion’s share of transforming their house. His spouse additionally helped in quite a lot of methods, together with serving to enhance and refurbishing the the outlets’s furnishings.
Stoepler loves the bookstore side of the enterprise, noting that he enjoys writing and has all kinds of pursuits.
He likes “serving to folks select new author, one we hope is sweet … and I like speaking to folks and serving to different folks.”
Stoepler additionally stated he was grateful for the neighborhood response when Novel Blends first opened.
“Friday, the outpouring from the folks in BG, ready for the store to open, their kindness, was virtually overwhelming,” and he provided “due to all people that got here in supported us.”
As the shop has been in its “smooth opening” section, Stoepler stated they’ve been testing totally different hours of operation, however that he’s common hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. through the week, although it may keep open later.