Shop Talk: Three Worthington Businesses are Teaming Up to Open A New Shared Space
Despite rapid growth over the past few years, Old Worthington has maintained its small-town New England charm. The few short blocks on High Street, affectionately called “Main Street” by locals, is home to local restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, businesses, studios, and retailers. Later this Spring, three of those local businesses will open a joint space at 693 High Street.
Highline Coffee Co., Shift Studios, and Branch Line Leather Co. are joining forces to open a new shared storefront on the corner of the Village Green area in Old Worthington. The new space will be part coffee shop, part studio and retail space. Currently, Highline Coffee Co. is directly adjacent to the new space, and shift Studios and Branch Line Leather Co. are located a few blocks south in the rear of an office building.
The wall between the new space and Highline will be removed, joining the two storefronts together. This will add a couple hundred square feet to the coffee shop and will take their seating from two to 18.
Owner Christie Bruffy said she is most excited to have a place for customers to sit and gather, which is something customers have been requesting since Highline’s opening three years ago. With the expansion, Bruffy hopes to maintain “that intimate, cozy and relaxing feel that everyone loves about our current space.”
Miriam Chon opened Shift Studios early last year at 571 N. High St. Chon designs and creates jewelry, coasters, ornaments, stationary, t-shirts, pencil cases and pins.
“I have both an opportunity to connect with my community while maintaining a productive private studio for myself,” Chon said of the upcoming space. “It really hits everything on my wish list for the next evolution of Shift Studios.”
Branch Line Leather Co., located directly next to Shift Studios, has been open since the fall of 2017. Leather craftswoman Elaine Coifman creates custom bags, working with customers to create the bag they design.
“Customers are so excited to sit down and connect with the person who is actually making their leather goods, and they realize the value in well-made, well-priced, durable items,” Coifman said of her process.
She also makes and sells small giftable items like koozies, key chains, bracelets, and notebooks.
The studio spaces for Chon and Coifman, whose main entrance will be through Highline, will be separated from the coffee shop’s seating area by a glass wall and door, allowing customers to see into their studios and observe their creative processes.
Both studios are expanding their open studio/retail hours from one day per week to three. Shift Studios will be adding a walk-in jewelry bar, and Branch Line will have smaller, customizable leather items for walk-in sales as well. Highline will offer a wider variety of baked goods from the Flakey Baker and will also be expanding their operating hours.
The three businesses have started a fundraiser to help off-set the cost of expanding. The public can donate an amount from $10-$300 and will receive a gift in return. Those who donate in the $10-24 range can pick up their coffee-themed temporary tattoos, free coffee coupon, or Christmas tree ornament from Highline. Other options for higher donations, available after the grand opening, are a reusable leather coffee sleeve, Highline t-shirt, a name plate on a chair in the new seating area, leather coffee sack tote, private make-your-own jewelry party, or creating and naming your own drink at Highline. The fundraiser runs from now through March 1.
The new combined space will open in the late spring, with the official grand opening set for early May.
More information about the fundraiser and expansion process can be found at highlinecoffeeco.com.