Ready for the next Starbucks? But this time with a little bit of kick? Sinclair Community College professor, Juanita Darden-Jones, is finally making her two-year dream come true. Collaborating with local business leaders, CityWide Development Corp., and the SBDC at The Entrepreneur Center, Darden-Jones is finally opening Dayton’s first coffeehouse and wine bar later this year in June. Excited from the new business challenges, she has prepared herself by researching and collaborating with other local coffee houses, getting licensing at a bartending school, while studying the nuances of being a barista.
Working with her own savings, and with additional funding help from CityWide, Darden-Jones plans to add to her store’s equipment with renovations on the corner shop at 46 West Fifth St., in Downtown Dayton. Darden-Jones picked up the 1,500 square-foot location because she wanted a nice, convenient coffee and eatery location for students and staff at Sinclair College. Additionally, the west-Fifth Street location is strategically located near the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Dayton Convention Center, for early morning coffee stops. But for those who want a late night cap, Third Perk will offer customized coffee, cocktails and wine for the downtown urbanite. An additional selection of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods will round out the menu. For more details, see Dayton’s BizJournal.
Third Perk will open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, or general inquiries, call Third Perk at (937) 777-7375. For information about small business lending, click here. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.