[remnant]Mother-daughter coffee shop The Remnant opening in downtown Marion
Earlier this year, Jamie and Abigail Riffe were at a crossroads in their lives.?
Jamie was staying at home after leaving her job at Fahey Bank, while her daughter had recently graduated from Ohio Christian University and was thinking about going into nonprofit work.?
As Jamie started a?charcuterie business, the two talked about?opening a charcuterie?shop, which then morphed into discussions about a coffee shop. The mother and daughter have since put their two ideas together to create The Remnant Tea and Coffee, where Jamie will also sell?charcuterie boxes under the name, The Board Bee.?
The shop is located at 123 W. Church Street in downtown Marion and plans to open June 29.?
”After thinking about it and praying about it, we just decided that downtown Marion needs a coffee shop,” Jamie said. “It needs a kind of place to meet, hang out, foster relationships. A place where you can walk over, grab a cup of coffee, get a book. Or come do your schoolwork if you’re a college kid.?
”We wanted something a little bit more eclectic and fun and just a nice atmosphere that you could just chill.”
The Remnant will have the typical drinks, such as traditional coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, and iced and cold brew coffees?in addition to?expresso shots, loose leaf tea and cold brew tea.?
On the food side, the shop will offer baked goods such as cookies, muffins, and cinnamon rolls.?
”Our cinnamon rolls are fantastic,” Jamie said. “But I’m a little biased, though because I make them.”?
The shop’s name is a nod to the Bible, where the remnant is a recurring theme that describes what is left of a community when everything falls away. The name is also an ode to the history of the building,?which is owned by the Marion Masonic Temple.?
”We joke and say this building really is like the remnant,” Jamie said. “It’s what survived downtown.”?
The Riffes?only began?planning The Remnant four months ago but said everything has fallen into place. Jamie got in touch with The Main Squeeze owner Todd Filliater, who said he was ready to close the smoothie and juice bar.?
”He connected?us with the Masons so that we could talk to them about renting the space and then from there, it was pretty easy,” she said.?
Abigail said it has been an adventure figuring out which drinks will be on the menu. Since she does not drink coffee, she enlisted the help of her younger sister, Hannah Riffe. The Riffes have tried making their own recipes as well as traveling to different coffee shops in the area and seeing what kind of drinks they had.?
”We have hit every coffee shop within a two-hour radius,” Jamie said.?
In addition to coffee and charcuterie, The Remnant will also feature products from Ohio?vendors. Jamie said about 12 vendors are participating so far, such as Canton-based The Ohio Tea Company, a charcuterie board business from Marysville and a coffee roaster from Fredericksburg.?
”We want to come in and be a support to everybody, not more competition,” she said.?
Abigail said while the experience of opening a business has been stressful at times, she is still looking forward to the goal of opening The Remnant.?
”We’ll hit a milestone or point, like after we finished putting in the ceiling and it just changed the look completely,” she said. “And we’re like, ‘Another step done.’ There’s the little milestones that have made it worthwhile in the end.”