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W iggin Street Coffee
101 East Wiggin Street
Gambier, Ohio 43022
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.
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.
James Rhinebolt has been the Assistant Manager since August of 2016. James is a extraordinarily hard worker, no task is too big for this guy. He has a eye for what needs to be accomplished and has no problem getting it done and then some. He provides excellent customer service while at a nice fast pace- in a rush no worries he will have your latte out in a blink of an eye. He also has a funny, creative side which our customers and staff all appreciate. He is constantly thinking of ways to increase business, and brings in fun ideas to do so.
Employee of the Quarter
Haley Baker is the River Road Coffeehouse Employee of the Quarter. Since her hire, Haley has shown an eagerness to continue to learn and take on additional responsibilities during her shifts. Each role she plays in our store she does with a high level of excitement and desire for excellence. Haley will be the first to ask questions on how to improve at work and is always happy to receive feedback. Haley finds value in making sure the customers get an excellent product. She has mastered baking all our daily treats to perfection and we are now excited to have her building her skills behind the espresso bar. We are thankful to have Haley’s good attitude and great customer service as part of our team.
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!