W iggin Street Coffee

101 East Wiggin Street

Gambier, Ohio 43022

740.233.3009

 

7 AM -7 PM Weekdays

8 AM – 7 PM Weekend

Open until 10 PM Sunday thru Thursday when KC’s in session!

 

 

 

From Mount Vernon – In southern Mount Vernon, take Rt. 13 north and turn right on State Route 229 (East) located on the southern edge of Mount Vernon.  Travel approximately 5 miles and turn left (north) on Ohio Route 308 (West Wiggin Street).  Drive (or pedal) up the hill and you will find us at the junction of Gaskin and Wiggin Street. If you are on the north side of Mount Vernon, take US Route 36 east about 4 miles and turn right on Ohio Route 308 (South). Travel 3 miles and follow Gaskin Avenue in-town until it terminates at Wiggin Street. We are at the junction of Gaskin Avenue and Wiggin Street.

 

From Newark – Take Rt. 13 north from Newark…travel approximate 20 miles. Turn right on State Route 229 (East) located on the southern edge of Mount Vernon.  Travel approximately 5 miles and turn left (north) on Ohio Route 308 (West Wiggin Street).  Drive (or pedal) up the hill and you will find us at the junction of Gaskin and Wiggin Street.

 

Store Management

Jess Baron, Store Manager, has been at Wiggin Street Coffee since it opened and has worked in management since December 2012.  She loves to provide great customer service and to sell the best coffee around.  Jess is blessed with a great husband and three wonderful children (Kailee, Carter and Isabel).  She also has a cat and two dogs.  In her free time, Jess likes being outside, gardening, traveling and spending time with family.  Her favorite drink is a vanilla and spice brown sugar soy latte.

 

Heather Hinshaw, Assistant Manager, has also been at Wiggin Street Coffee since it opened! Patience and kindness are two of her strongest virtues, and her good attitude never wavers, no matter how early or how busy the shift.  She puts great care and attention into her drinks and is always knowledgeable about the products we serve.  Her presence on the staff has been integral to the development of the coffee shop.

Employee of the Quarter

Meet Tiffany! She is our Employee of the Quarter! Tiffany is a star employee at our Granville River Road location. From the very start of her career with us this past Summer, she has always been a joyful worker. But in the past few months, we have really seen her bloom! Tiffany brings a maturity and dependability to the staff that is appreciated and loved. She is genuine and serving to the customers and her fellow staff members, as well as her management team. Tiffany is eager to continue to learn and grow more here at River Road! She is humble and works diligently from the start to the finish of her shifts. One of the most shining qualities of Tiffany is her ability to encourage and always keep a smile on her face. She also makes “bomb-diggity” Italian Sodas!

Store History

The River Road Coffeehouse journey to the campus of Kenyon College began in 2011 when the Formans met with Middle Ground Café owners, Joel and Margaret Gunderson.  The popular coffee and food establishment resided in the center of Gambier and enjoyed a strong student customer base.  The Gundersons also owned the neighboring Village Inn and were interested in focusing their energies on that business.  The Formans were concerned that the significant “food” focus of the existing business would make it difficult for a replacement coffeehouse to enjoy success.  Mark and David also felt strongly that specific efforts would be necessary to emphasize the “local” orientation of the business.  The dialogue with the Gundersons was re-opened in early 2012 and an assets purchase agreement was finalized in April of 2012.

 

Wiggin Street Coffee opened in August of 2012 just prior to the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year.  A complete renovation of the kitchen and service area was accomplished to highlight the coffee-orientation of the new business. The new La Marzocco Linea espresso machine was located in close proximity to the front counter to enhance barista interaction with customers and a high-end coffee and tea brew bar was located adjacent to the existing “pick-up” window.  While the menu emphasized espresso-based drinks, coffee and tea…it was also important to offer high-quality pastry and a limited selection of food items that were sourced from local vendors.

 

Affectionately dubbed “Wiggle Ground” by the KC students, the coffeehouse has enjoyed continued success as a supporter of “coffee and community”.  Although still in its early stages of development, Wiggin Street Coffee hopes to continue a long tradition of offering community members and students a place to gather and discuss the issues of the day in the tradition of European Coffeehouses while enjoying outstanding specialty coffee sourced from small farms and cooperatives with a tradition of excellence!