As Thanksgiving has passed by and it is the start of many year-end celebrations, I still am Thankful each day for my family, friends, and those who I have gotten to know as customers, returning customers and new customers. Everything seems a bit strange this year with COVID 19 and the demonstrations downtown. Hope is on the horizon with the new vaccine already arriving in Chicago on United. I'm sure in only a few short months ridership will increase three times what it is now. As part of the hope in the 2021 that our Companies, large and small and really small get back to 'normal,' a bit of Holiday Cheer will not be out of place this Christmas and enjoyed by those commuters and local patrons alike.
Yes it can! It's been a strange experience at the Glen Ellyn Train Station that used to have a Station Agent to sell tickets for Metra. But the times are a changing due not to COVID 19, although that caused agents to be furloughed after March 21, 2020, but also technology. The Ventra Ap is the smart phone ap to buy tickets for Metra commuter trains and CTA commuter trains and buses. So I am the only business that keeps the train station open, clean, safe and pleasant to be in.
A coffee shop has a sense of place that is part of their brand. For example every Starbucks has the same counter layout and approximate spacing, the same menu choices, etc. Dunkin Donuts also creates a sense of place as part of their brand. When you walk into a Dunkin Donuts, you know you are in a Dunkin Donuts and not a Starbuck's
Start-Up Coffee Shops don't have any branding to start. Someone has to create brand elements, color, sound, service style and products. Most of this was handed to me when I bought Next Stop Coffee Shop from the previous owner. I was lucky. But I wanted to make it my own too.
One of the lovely things about the Village of Glen Ellyn are the beautiful gardens, some privately owned, some owned by the Village of Glen Ellyn. The train station has some lovely plantings, but I wanted to enrich it outdoors and indoors. So when you come to the train station where my coffee shop is located, you will see plants of all kinds located around the station, and in the spring, summer and fall, gardens outside too.
Looking for something unique to do during Father's Day Weekend?
Check out Art In The Park next to the Glen Ellyn Train Station. There will be five stations of fun art projects for the entire family to do.
We have all been stressed due to Covid 19, economic downturns and the Protests that turned violent in major cities. Next Stop Coffee Shop in recognition of this wants to invite you to a place to relax, talk and be with other peaceful and supportive people as you wait for your bus, Metra Train, or you just want to go someplace to get a cup of really good coffee.
I love my coffee shop. I love the people. I love the location. I love that there are so many things I can do with it. I love the challenge of making different pastries. I love being able to listen to customers, or just people waiting for their bus or train. I love the regulars, and we've become like family. I love downtown Glen Ellyn too. It's a very friendly place and welcomes everybody, no matter what their story.
Opening May 4, 2020
Hours will be reduced due to COVID 19 until Metra returns to full schedule
Monday-Thursday: 5:00 am-9:30 am
Friday, Saturday, and Sundays closed.
9:30 am-10:30am we are closed to customers to allow for baking and for deep cleaning.
Our coffee shop will still sell wonderful hot coffee, teas, Chia lattes, coffee lattes
improved , fresh daily iced coffee and teas.
Our delicious scones, cookies and muffins will still be offered, along with newspapers.
Operating Changes for Workers and Customer Safety
I hope these changes makes you feel safer and more confident in coming to our coffee shop and enjoying our products.
Please stay well and we will see you soon.