Coffee, craft beer shop coming to Main St.

BUCKHANNON — Three business partners will be bringing more than just your average joe to downtown Buckhannon in 2018.

In fact, Rob Linger, James Kane and Bob Lane plan to sell their own specialty coffee – which they roast themselves – from their new location at 5 E. Main Street, the location of the former Daily Grind coffee shop starting in January.

Linger, Kane and Lane came to Buckhannon City Council’s meeting Thursday to announce the opening of their new coffee house, restaurant and craft beer distributor, Stone Tower Brews. The former coffee shop location has remained empty – a hole in Buckhannon’s otherwise vibrant Main Street – since previous owners Aaron and Tasha Harris closed up shop in August.

But coffee isn’t all that will be brewing at the new Stone Tower Brews. Linger, a Fairmont city councilman himself, said the outfit will sell West Virginia-based craft beer as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, aiming to target young business people on-the-go. And if their names sound familiar, that’s because Linger, Kane and Lane also own and manage Joe N’ Throw, a coffee house and pottery studio on Adams Street in Fairmont, where they roast their coffee.

Myself and my business partners just wanted to come down and introduce ourselves,” Linger said Thursday. “We’re going to be opening a coffee shop right here on 5 E. Main Street, and it’s going to be called Stone Tower Brews. We specialize in specialty coffee that we actually roast ourselves in Fairmont, West Virginia, and we specialize in craft beer with a concentration on local West Virginia beers.” 

Linger said the three appreciate Buckhannon’s vibe, particularly the amount of community engagement residents demonstrate.

“We are huge supporters of community, building community and just being part of everything that’s going on,” Linger said. “We’re very happy about the community engagement in this community. You can tell people really care about what’s going on. For one thing, we’re super excited about the free on-street parking.” Their home base – Joe N’ Throw – won the 2015 West Virginia Living Magazine Best Coffee Shop award, and Linger said he and his partners hope to make Joe N’ Throw the best coffee shop in West Virginia in 2018.

“This community really fits the type of market that we like to work with,” Linger said.

Lane addressed several questions from council, including what will be on tap – and on the menu – at Stone Tower Brews. In the morning, the shop will serve a hearty breakfast, offering fare such as scrambled eggs with a variety of fresh toppings available, in addition to homemade pastries.

“We’re targeting young professionals and businesspeople, so we’re focusing on fast lunches with sandwiches and salads,” Lane said. “For dinner, we’re really going to be offering specialty tacos, nachos and other things that go well with craft beer. We’ll also have six different taps that will be dedicated to West Virginia breweries.”

Two possible breweries likely to be featured include Big Timber Brewing in Elkins and Stumptown Ales in Davis.

“We like to work with up-and-coming breweries to incorporate our coffee into beer, and when we can do that, it makes us happy,” Lane said. “We’re really focusing on bringing the (Wesleyan) students downtown because we want them to be a vital part of the community.”

Although the three haven’t nailed down set hours, locals can expect them to be long, Lane said.

“Our Fairmont location opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9 or 10 p.m., depending on whether it’s the weekend,” he said. “We plan to be open on Sunday. Sunday is a good downtown day here.”

Although pottery won’t be part of the operation at Stone Tower Brews as it is at Joe N’ Throw, Linger said he and his business partners have already begun making contacts with local artists, who they’re inviting to display their work on Stone Tower Brews’ walls.

“If they want us to sell it for them, we’ll put a price tag on it,” Linger said.

Mayor David McCauley said the city was “thrilled” to welcome the new coffee shop to Buckhannon.

Lane said the three have had Buckhannon “on our target map for a long time.”

A soft opening – showcasing free coffee and food samples – is planned for January, the business partners said.

Councilwoman Mary Albaugh said the addition to downtown was like an early Christmas present to the town.

“Merry Christmas, everybody!” Albaugh exclaimed. “We have new family coming to town.”

To keep abreast of Stone Tower Brews’ progress, ‘like’ and follow them on Facebook by searching for “Stone Tower Brews – Buckhannon.”

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