SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – From Cazenovia to Syracuse, Peaks Coffee Company simply opened up downtown and the house owners are sending a message about mental health.
When she was simply a teenager, Kelsey Bender, co-owner of Peaks, felt paralyzed by nervousness and despair. It acquired to the purpose the place she could not depart her residence. Deciding to make a change, she started touring a few miles from the home every day, stopping at coffee retailers alongside the way in which.
“I would set an intention for myself, so I would say like, ‘Okay you’re going to drive for five minutes’ and then I would extend it. And then it was, ‘You’re going to go to this coffee shop, you’re going to get a cup of coffee and then you can leave,'” Kelsey mentioned.
Through this journey, Kelsey met her now husband and enterprise associate, who struggles in comparable methods.
“We bonded over that and then we bonded over our love for coffee. And we just really wanted to hopefully create an environment where that could possibly help somebody else someday,” Kelsey mentioned.
The two opened up a coffee shop in Cazenovia three years in the past and since they’re each from Syracuse, it felt proper to deliver their enterprise again residence this yr.
“It’s nice to get to know the community and get to see my wife doing what she loves,” mentioned Sam Bender, co-owner of Peaks Coffee Company.
The couple is now hoping to place a smile on strangers’ faces with a cup of coffee. For some, coming to the shop does simply that.
“Big city kind of vibe. Big city but with like, small town friendliness. They’re so helpful, so friendly,” mentioned Abbe Weiser and Alexandria Smith, prospects at Peaks.
The Benders coming up to now, however by no means forgetting the place they got here from. The title of their firm serving as a reminder of why they’re right here.
“I remember I had had a really bad day and I hadn’t left my bed all day and my dad came in to check on me and just let me know that he was there and on his way out, he had said, ‘Life is about enjoying the peaks and enduring the valleys,'” Kelsey mentioned.
The coffee shop formally opened final week after serving Cazenovia for 3 years. They additionally promote their beans to totally different retailers throughout Central New York.
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