PRINCETON – Getting a cup of coffee from a local cafe can bring people together and add a sense of community to an area. But starting a business is not always an easy task, something Local Mo’ Joe co-owner Amy Persinger knows well.
“It’s more expensive to run a restaurant than we had originally anticipated,” says Persinger. “We just need the communities help so we can stay here for the community.”
In order to help offset the costs they started a Gofundme account and are hosting a fundraising event on November 14th to raise money for a music license. Persinger says these fundraisers will benefit not just Local Mo’Joe, but the community as a whole.
“When they come in and you know put money in our tip jar or buy a coffee from us, you know it’s going to turn around and pay the people that work here. It’s not going to go to some corporation,” says Persinger. “It’s going to stay in the community.”
Business coach Harold Patterson says the idea of local shops, such as a cafe, may be key to revitalizing West Virginia cities. But it will take strong business ideas and lots of planning to see them thrive again…