OSAGE, Iowa – In past the several years, it’s been all too common to hear about local businesses closing their doors.
But now two north Iowa women are teaming up to run a bakery/coffee shop that they hope will bring more business to their town.
Starting a new business is not an easy feat, especially in recent economic times but two people are following their passions and have taken on the challenge to start-up their businesses in Osage.
Being business owners is not just something Kristi and Jess have always wanted… it’s in their blood.
“My grandfather was a business owner and my father was a business owner,” says Kristi Feldman.
“Al of my family have all been entrepreneurs, a lot of restaurants in our family,” adds Jess Goodale.
The Osage natives are following in both their families’ footsteps.
“I actually opened the bakery in Des Moines to start off with and I just, people kept asking me when I was going to be moving to Osage to open a bakery,” says Goodale, who owns Taste.
So she did just that, but moving a business from a big city like Des Moines to a town of about 4,000 people can be a risky move.
“I was a little nervous but Osage is a great community and their very supportive and actually I was doing a lot of deliveries from Des Moines to Osage at lease once per month,” Goodale says.
She opened the doors to her bakery in June of this year, but thought something was missing.
“She had asked us to come in and talk to her about coffee and in the conversation it got to be coffee, then it got to be a coffee bar, then it ended up being we’re here,” explains Feldman.
Feldman owns the Cabin Coffee shop in Forest City and was anxious to open a shop in her home town. Now that dream is becoming a reality.
“We never thought that within 5 years we’d be opening our second store.”
The dual business is making its debut, and Kristi and Jess have high hopes for bringing more business to Osage’s main street.
“In today’s economic times it is a struggle it’s a struggle for a lot of people but I think that we have both Jess and I have something that people find as an affordable luxury, something that they can treat themselves to but yet not break the bank at the same time,” Feldman says.