Meet Cabin Coffee owners, Wayne and Judy Jolley, one of Blairsville’s business success stories. Having long enjoyed visits to Blairsville, they knew it would be the perfect place to start a new chapter of their lives. Cabin Coffee of Blairsville opened in 2015. The coffee shop and cafe is located in a restored building in the city’s downtown square. What was once the “Old Chevron” station, is now a cozy spot where the community can enjoy hot drinks and food. Read more for the Jolley’s story and their success tips for starting a new business.
Why did you want to start your own business?
I (Judy) worked in breakfast restaurants in high school and college, and always enjoyed the relationships you build with your regular customers. Throughout my years in the business world, I always had the idea in the back of my mind to open a coffee shop. The timing was just right for me to step away from my career and for my husband and I to make this change.
Why did you decide to open Cabin Coffee in Blairsville?
Opening a coffee shop has been a dream of ours for quite some time and we love Blairsville, so making our part time residence a full time home combined very well with the decision to open the coffee shop. Part of our goal was to create a place for community, and for people to gather and feel the hospitality of Blairsville. Blairsville has so much to offer, and we were excited about the revitalization of the downtown area. It all just seemed to come together very well.
We have owned a cabin in Blairsville for a few years. We enjoyed coming to the area to hike, boat and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. We also have enjoyed the people in the area and found it very easy to transition into making this our full time home. In opening a business here, we were pleased with the pro-business environment. The Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, City & County government have all been very supportive. In addition, the infrastructure including the high speed fiber optic network are very helpful for our business.
What are some success tips you can give about starting a new business?
Preparation and planning are very important. We spent a good deal of time researching the economics of the coffee shop business, the demographics and economics of Union County, the procedures necessary to start a new business, etc. It’s important to budget and stick to that budget. There is a good deal of information that can be found online regarding requirements for businesses. It’s important for new business owners to be prepared financially, including having a cash reserve.
In what ways has the community of Blairsville contributed to your success story?
Blairsville has a robust network of small business owners. Everyone has been willing to speak with us and offer their experience to us. There are also organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, which have resources to assist business owners. We have found so many people willing to lend their experiences and expertise to us to help us in decision-making. We also were thrilled with the candidates who applied for jobs when it was time to start hiring for our coffee shop. We found great people and they have become an excellent, dependable team. Between the business environment, the people, and the mountains surrounding Blairsville, we could not have found a better place to open a business.