Sunset Drive at a glance

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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On a sunny Wednesday in October, men and women are running along the tree-lined sidewalks on, a group of friends are playing dominoes and laughing, and a man and young boy are kicking around a soccer ball in an open field on Sunset Drive in Athens, Ga.

The Sunset-Holman neighborhood, named after the two main roads in the area, is made up of an active group of people who banded together in the last few years to fight crime, dirt, and a tennis center. As a result, they have become a closer community and realized the strength in their numbers.

Bob Sleppy, executive director of Nuci’s Space, has lived on Sunset for nine years and said that in the last two years the Sunset-Holman neighborhood has really started to build a sense of community.

There was an increase in crime about a year ago, so they started a community listserv and neighborhood watch to warn others of suspicious activity and share information.

“I feel pretty safe out here,” said Norma Parsons, who has lived on Sunset for 58 years in a house built by her husband. “The cops travel the area pretty good.”

Community members also worked together to get a dirt pile removed from the neighborhood and stopped a tennis center from being constructed at Bishop Park.

The park, named for a former Athens mayor, was once the county’s fairgrounds. There are baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, a playground, a swimming pool, and a number of tennis courts.

The park is a big part of the Sunset-Holman community and offers many activities for all of Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas.

The Athens Farmers Market is held at Bishop Park every Saturday morning starting in May and usually ending in November. There is also a Star Spangled Classic fireworks show every year on July 4.

Sunset Drive has seen a bit more traffic in the last ten years because of all of the activity at Bishop Park and the close proximity to the Athens Perimeter. Sleppy said the city has done a good job of controlling the flow of traffic with speed bumps and two traffic circles.

The age demographic for Sunset-Holman has become increasingly younger, with more students and young families.

“[Sunset] is family oriented which makes us feel safe, and there are always people out walking their dogs or running,” said Laurie Fickling, a landscape architecture major at the University of Georgia, who moved onto Sunset at the beginning of fall semester.

More students and professors are likely to move into the neighborhood with the expansion of the Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia Medical Partnership into the former U.S. Navy Supply Corps School, Parsons and Sleppy said.

Parsons believes there won’t be any new additions made to Sunset Drive because vacant land is scarce in the area. She believes businesses and houses will change hands, but nothing major will be constructed.

Only time will tell how much Sunset-Holman will change or stay the same in the future.

Family life enhanced by community-centered life in Kenney Ridge

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For the StipeMaas family, the decision to live a community-centered, environmentally conscious neighborhood was not a decisive secession from the pace of city living; it was the only natural course.

Jim and Skipper StipeMaas both grew up in environments where the importance of conservation and community were emphasized in very different ways. Skipper lived on a 600-acre farm close to Dixie, Ga., a town of approximately 250 during her time there. Jim was raised in a mill town with hundreds of similar lots that surrounded 35 acres of park land. When they were looking for a place to live in Athens, they recognized normal city dwelling was not a comfortable option.

“We realized we were going to live in Athens, and looked around and [commented], ‘There’s no place I can live in Athens,’” said Skipper StipeMaas.  “I grew up two miles south of a town of 250 people on a farm, and this is not going to work.”

When searching for an appropriate place to live, Skipper met another woman with similar ideas about living sustainably, and the two eventually found Kenney Ridge.  An “intentional conservation community,” Kenney Ridge is home to 132 acres of river, 24 families and part of the Middle Oconee River, and various wild forest animals that give the neighborhood the feeling of being much farther away from downtown Athens than a 15-minute drive. Families live far enough apart on the heavily shaded winding road so that seeing into someone else’s yard is impossible. The StipeMaases have lived here for 13 years, raised their two daughters in the community and watched their childhoods blend into the perfect mix for their own children.

The StipeMaas home is painted in warm orange and yellow tones. The smell of cinnamon, noticeable as soon as Skipper opens the front door,  is just as strong in the living room where her family sits in front of a fire, reminiscing about the early years at Kenney Ridge. The room is covered in Jim’s paintings; woods landscapes largely inspired by the natural beauty of the neighborhood. Jim graduated from UGA in 1992 with an art degree; Skipper with a law degree in the same year.

A painting by Jim StipeMaas

Prairie, a sophomore animal science major at UGA, brings a black lab puppy, Simba, into the room and coaxes him to sit. She is raising the dog for Guide Dogs of America. The StipeMaases have always kept animals, and put the current headcount at two dogs, three cats, four hens, a rooster, a rabbit, numerous goldfish, and a miniature horse named Thunder.

Valley, the younger daughter, is a student at Athens Montessori. On Tuesday mornings before school, she goes down the road to help milk the community goats.  Residents make cheese with the milk.

“You can drink the milk,” says Jim. “It’s very much like cows’ milk, but probably a little more rich. We’re skim milk drinkers.”

Skipper offers us a taste. The milk is dense, but lighter and milder than cows’ milk. The family recounts stories of the girls growing up on the expansive land. As children, they had the freedom to explore all 400 acres behind the house. Skipper laughs as she remembers a time when Valley and a friend were gone for hours one day, and with no way to know where they were, Skipper worried they wouldn’t be home when the other girl’s parents came to pick her up.

“I start calling neighbors, ‘Have you seen my daughter?’” says Skipper. “‘Well, I saw her at Nancy’s house,’ ‘Well, I saw her down at the garden.’ And I’m thinking, ‘What am I going to say to this mom?’ I mean, this is not how other people live.”

Prairie and Valley describe their childhood as comfortable and full of support. They were part of a group of friends in the neighborhood who called themselves the Land Girls. They would get together for annual ice cream socials, messy dinner parties and every birthday, graduation and holiday party.

Messy dinner parties were a tradition started at the StipeMaas household. Girls from the neighborhood came over dressed in their swimsuits. Skipper made spaghetti and chocolate pudding and the girls ate outside, finger painting with their pudding, making whip cream pies and eventually running through a sprinkler when they could be no messier.

They discuss the whereabouts of the Land Girls now. Most are still in Athens, some are in college, some starting jobs. Prairie is confident that if she emailed them all to come back for another messy dinner party, they would all make it.

Now that Prairie lives in an apartment nearer to the university, she visits home frequently, and feels an easy independence even living so close to home. “Most of the people who live here are really committed to community,” says Skipper.

Landmark Hospital – A hospitable hospital

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Behind Bishop Park on Sunset Drive lies a small, unobtrusive brick building. A small shopping center stands behind the building, but it receives little foot traffic. If you are this far down Sunset Drive, you have passed the family neighborhood and the people running, playing and visiting in the park. The street starts to narrow, and the busy traffic of Prince Avenue is visible ahead.

The front entrance of this small building is marked by two large sliding doors, but it is quiet, and few people can be seen entering or leaving. The parking lot is almost empty, and the parked cars seem to have always been there.  Trees dot the premises, manicured lawns surround the parking lot and an apartment complex stands across the street.

This is Landmark Hospital.

Landmark Hospital is owned by a company called Landmark Holdings in Missouri. The company has opened four different critical care centers, the first in 2006 in Missouri.

The Athens location opened on July 15, 2008, and that same day it accepted its very first patient.

The hospital is atypical in that it services only critically ill, long-term patients. It does not accept emergency patients, so it does not compete with other Athens emergency care hospitals. This explains its less than bustling entrance.

Usually, patients stay at Landmark Hospital for almost a month before being transferred to rehabilitation centers or discharged to their homes, but it also houses short-term patients. The building has 42 patient rooms, private bathrooms, and a chapel on site. The staff is trained to provide care to everyone affected by an illness, meaning not only the patient, but also their friends and family.

This long-term care hospital draws patients from the Athens area to those over 100 miles away because it services such a particular clientèle that is oftentimes ignored by emergency hospitals. While many hospitals of its kind can be found in Atlanta or other large cities, Landmark Hospital of Athens serves smaller counties neighboring Athens.

Being hospitalized puts one in a vulnerable position, therefore, choosing a hospital at which to stay is a very personal decision. Landmark Hospital is a small, intimate setting with caring professionals. Jim Gray, director of quality, is quick to respond to inquiries.

Intentional community sparks love for nature

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They were called “the land girls,” — a band of pre-teens who grew up in Athens’ Kenney Ridge community free to roam the land as they pleased. Prairie, the 20-year-old daughter of Kenney Ridge founders Jim and Skippy StipeMass, recalls most of her best childhood memories involved adventures with the group.

The land girls eventually grew into women, left Kinney Ridge, and reunite a few times a year. The group left one by one but Prairie stayed close to her home when she decided to enroll at the University of Georgia.
As a 2-year-old, Prairie played in the clay from unpaved roads as her parents dealt with the headaches that come with creating an intentional conservation community from scratch. She lived in a tent on the land as 5-year-old when her home was being partially demolished and rebuilt to meet city codes.

A miniature white horse, Thunder, served as an unofficial gift for her 10th birthday and now is a shared pet between her and her 13-year-old sister Valley StipeMass. Seemingly endless days were spent outdoors hiking trails, picking fruit and running through the rolling fields of the 132 acre community. These activities have been a constant throughout her life and Prairie wouldn’t change any of her experiences.

“A lot of kids in subdivisions didn’t get to go out and see the horses,” said Prairie who woke up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to feed her horse before leaving for school. She described Elvis as being a “pocket-pony” every since her parents bought him for her when she was six-years-old. “[He] is so sweet and loving that you want to put him in your pocket,” she explained.

Jim StipeMass explained his childhood growing up around an intentional, farm-friendly area made him want the same thing for his kids.

“I was determined to have land for my kids to roam,” said Jim.

Prairie’s mom, Skippy StipeMass, said she appreciated more than the interaction with nature and animals her two daughters were afforded by living in Kinney Ridge.

“As a young family it was great to have community and extraordinary familial relationships in the neighborhood,” said Skippy.

Though the chores before dawn would not sound appealing to many of her peers raised in the suburbs or city, Prairie enjoyed being near farm animals and nature.

“We have community goats that are owned by one lady and we all take turns milking them,” said Prairie. “We keep the milk because they need to be milked twice a day and that is too much for one person.”

Prairie’s love for animals made majoring in animal science a natural choice. She has lived away from Kenney Ridge for the past two years since she began attending UGA.

“I didn’t leave town for college so living on campus solidified the fact that I was going to college,” said Prairie.

It became apparent her childhood growing up in Kinney Ridge made her different from her peers when she moved to campus.

“I have a good sense of direction from wandering the land and a good work ethic from having to survive on a farm,” said Prairie.

It also provided a sense in pride in being independent. Prairie recently bought a car with her own money and has moved off-campus to an apartment complex. Her ease in taking care of animals contributed to her decision to take responsibility for a guide dog that accompanies her to classes, the grocery store and her frequent trips back to Kenney Ridge.

Prairie knows exactly what she wants in her future and it sounds a lot like her childhood home.

“I know I don’t want to live in the city,” said Prairie. “I want to be able to look out my window and not see another house.”

Prairie explained she wants to live in the country so the land her home is located can be precious to her.

Just like Kenney Ridge.

Organization in Carr’s Hill neighborhood helps those in need

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The economy may be bleak, but one Athens group is continuing a long tradition of helping those in need.

Athens Urban Ministries, which operates in Athens adjacent to the Oconee Street Methodist Church, has been serving Athens residents since 1989.

Erin Barger, local program director, said she did not know why Athens Urban Ministries partnered with the church, as it was done before became involved with the program, but it is now a staple of the Carr’s Hill neighborhood.

The Athens location is one of several under the umbrella of the non-profit group, Action Ministries, she said. Other branches are located in Atlanta, Augusta, Gainesville and Rome.

The most visible of the programs, Our Daily Bread, offers breakfast and lunch during weekdays and a sack meal on weekends. According to its Web site, it also offers free legal assistance, health and hygiene items, GED classes, and referrals to other social service agencies.

While the ministry has been in Athens for over 20 years, it has seen an increase in services thanks to the recession.

Barger said there has been about a 20 percent increase in individuals requesting services.

Thankfully, there has also been an increase in the usual amount of donations to the program at the end of the year, she said.

Athens Urban Ministries welcomes donations and while Barger said “we can always use money,” there are other items also considered useful to the service.

Barger suggested cleaning supplies, hygiene products, sleeping bags, and tents as donations it would accept.

The Action Ministries branch in Athens is located at 717 Oconee Street and can be contacted at 706-353-6647.

Little Angels Daycare Continues to Grow

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The daycare in Forest Heights was opened out of necessity.

Little Angels

Patonia Lumpkin, a former employee at St. Mary’s Hospital, was ready to rejoin the workforce after taking a couple of years off to raise her kids. However, she could not find a suitable daycare in the area for her children.

“I started looking at daycares and I just couldn’t find a place. Everywhere I went I was a little disappointed,” Lumpkin said.  “Eventually my friend said why don’t you be that person you’re looking for?”

Lumpkin opened Little Angels Daycare on Oglethorpe Avenue in November of 2008 in a single-story brick home that had the capacity to provide for 18 children.

Lumpkin moved her business to Oglethorpe Avenue after she had spent several years running it out of her home on Tallassee Road. However, it was never Lumpkin’s intention to start a daycare.

“Things were a little tight for us,” said Lumpkin. “We needed two incomes.”

Lumpkin’s home only had the capacity to care for a maximum of six kids. And to her surprise people began to take interest in her daycare service.

“I had to generate a waiting list because people kept calling,” Lumpkin said.

Lumpkin chose the one-story brick building on Oglethorpe Avenue because it was close to businesses and offices that attracted families with children.

“The location was really good,” Lumpkin said. “There are pediatrician’s offices here on Oglethorpe and the YMCA is on Hawthorne.”

Soon after purchasing the brick home on Oglethorpe Avenue, Lumpkin had the building renovated in-order to create a more child–friendly environment. After the renovations were finished Lumpkin turned to the waiting list that she had generated while running the business out of her home to fill all available spots.

Two years later, she realized that her business had once again outgrown its location.

“I was actually looking for a different location, but couldn’t find anything that worked convenience wise,” Lumpkin said. “The guy behind me had a lot for sale and it all fell into place. So, we secured a loan and here we are.”

After three months of renovations, Lumpkin re-opened Little Angels Daycare on Nov. 3.  The building has nearly tripled in size and can hold 65 children–more than three times as many children as the original structure.

“We now have four classrooms. We have an infant class, a young toddler’s class, an older toddler’s class and a preschool class,” Lumpkin said.

Lumpkin’s business is already growing. Now, three weeks after she re-opened, she has 38 children that attend Little Angels regularly and a long list of newly–satisfied parents.

“We were at a home daycare and needed to find something different,” said Sharon Holbrook, whose daughter recently started attending the daycare. “I showed up in the parking lot and fell in love with the place.”

“We chose this place because the staff is very close and because of the menu,” said Alisha Cromwell, whose daughter, Stella, has been attending Little Angels since August. “They have Southern style treats. They have cheese grits and sweet potato soufflé. So, we know our daughter eats well.”

Even with all of the compliments Little Angels has received Lumpkin credits the daycare’s success to one thing–quality.

“The quality is what folks want,” Lumpkin said.

Bishop Park offers Athens’ residents fun and games

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Bishop Park offers Athens’ residents more than space to get active, it connects families and provides a place for learning and growing.

Nestled between the Landmark Hospital of Athens and an array of residential homes, Bishop Park spreads across 33 acres off Sunset Drive.

The centrally-located park, named after former City of Athens Mayor Julius Bishop, services many surrounding Athens’ neighborhoods, most within walking distance.

With basketball and tennis courts, softball and soccer fields, Bishop Park and Athens Clarke County Leisure Services hosts many activities for residents throughout the year, including Athens Clarke Gymnastics Academy, Athens’ leading gymnastics program.

“We serve people crib to death,” said Cathy Padgett, ACC Leisure Services Public Information Coordinator. “We have programs for teens, families and pretty much everybody.”

Padgett said her organization hosts 50 outdoor camps in the summer, along with other programs, which have earned more than 60 awards.

During the warmer months, they host family events such as Splashdown 2010, which celebrated the 41st anniversary of the Moon Landing with astronomical games and night swimming. The event received the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Innovative Program Award for aquatics.

Although a recognized and useful gem to the Athens community, Bishop Park is not immune to controversy.

In May 2010, the park remodeling controversy caused quite the stir when the tennis center was set to possibly replace the Athens Farmers Market.  Instead, the tennis center was shifted to the eastside and the farmer’s market continues to provide residents with fresh, locally grown food and various goods.

The Athens Farmers Market extended the 2010 season with three more markets on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

Tennis instructor keeps Athens’ residents in shape

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Terrycloth headbands, shiny aluminum rackets and fuzzy green balls shape the life of one University of Georgia alumnus.

Paul Allen, 34, has been playing tennis for more than 16 years and teaching the sport to Athens’ residents for five.

“I think it contributes immensely to the public health,” Allen said.

Allen teaches lessons at Bishop Park off Sunset Drive in Athens for beginners to intermediate players.   “The age I teach ranges from 5 to 85, and everything in between,” Allen said. “The majority of adults I teach are in their thirties.”

“I love it,” Megan Lavine, a junior at the University of Georgia said. “It’s great for my tennis and makes me active.

Lavine, 21, said she has an early class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, allowing her to take advantage of Allen’s lessons instead of playing video games.

Bishop Park offers various skills set adult classes daily, junior classes Tuesday and Thursday and senior classes on Wednesdays, next year’s class registration begins Jan. 24.

Allen divides his classes not only by age and level of expertise, but also teaches a businesswomen’s league from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Allen said although he loves tennis, it was not his initial major at the University of Georgia.

“I was in Grady [College of Journalism and Mass Communication],” Allen said. “Then I was a theatre major before I finally got my degree in physical education.”

Allen calls Athens his hometown and says he really enjoys working on Sunset Drive.

“Sunset is young families, new families and is pretty progressive,” Allen said.

Allen said the local Sunset Drive dwellers who attend his lessons enjoy organic food, running with their dogs and are more “artsy” than other communities in Athens.

“Most residents are people who are very green and politically involved,” Allen said.

Although the economic difficulties seen by most residents in the past year affected enrollment, Allen said he is happy to see tennis court traffic increasing.

“We have had a resurgence in the last year,” Allen said. “This year we’ve had triple enrollment compared to last fall.”

Allen not only provides the community with a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, but also improves the quality of health for generations to come.

“It gets kids out and exercising,” Allen said. “[The tennis program] teaches kids a sport they can play for life.”

Athens resident keeps history alive

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Southern gentlemen treat women with respect, shaking their hands when they are introduced, pulling out chairs for them when they sit, and insisting with syrupy Southern drawls on buying the drinks.

Warren Blackmon prides himself on being a Southern gentlemen.

Blackmon, 19-year resident of Athens, is best known in the community for causing a stir in the political arena and hosting many a memorable party.

Blackmon, who lives on Oglethorpe Avenue in close proximity to Forest Heights, shares his love for the values of the Confederacy by hosting yearly memorial parties.

“I love a good party and a good cause,” he said.

Blackmon hosted his first Confederate memorial party in 2001, and continued with the tradition for the next five consecutive years.

Though he has not hosted a memorial party in the last few years, Blackmon said it is about time to do it again.

“That first year we raised $10,000 for a local boy with cancer,” Blackmon said.

He did not charge admission to the parties, but auctioned off many extravagant items to raise the money. The first year 20 people gave $500 bids for the auction, helping to raise money, according to Blackmon.

Each year a new worthy cause was chosen to benefit from the proceeds.

Blackmon said all attendees dressed in era-appropriate attire.

“My uniform cost $2,800,” said Blackmon. “After all I wear a general’s uniform because I give the party.”

Each year the partygoer with the most authentic costume won a prize of $500.

“I value southern heritage and want people to remember our history,” he said. “I may be a bigot but I am not a racist.”

Blackmon also hangs a Confederate flag outside of Mama’s Boy restaurant on Confederate Memorial Day every year. He said he has encountered many people who perceive his actions as racist and in support of slavery, but he insists this is not the case.

“Just because I fly a Confederate flag does not mean I am against blacks,” he said. “I am really for states rights.”

Blackmon said that people of all colors, ages, and creeds were welcome at his gatherings and he believes the African-Americans in attendance felt comfortable there.

“The people who are racist think of themselves as superior to others and don’t listen to others’ views,” Blackmon said. “I may not agree with some on their views and they may not agree with me, but I ask for and return respect.”

Blackmon said he likes making people think. In addition to the Confederate flag, he also flies Japanese, German, Russian and other flags at Mama’s Boy on poles the restaurant makes available for a fee.

“I appreciate history and want other people to recognize the important holidays of other countries too,” He said.

Blackmon’s mother was from Virginia. He said her family lost three plantations in the War Between the States and that 10 of his family members were killed.

“The war took a lot from my family,” he said. “Why shouldn’t I memorialize that loss in the way that I want to?”

Blackmon is also interested in community education.

“Most people in Athens are not native Georgians,” he said. “In fact, they are Yankees, and do not understand Confederates.”

Each year on Confederate Memorial Day Blackmon places American flags on the Clarke County Confederate Memorial in downtown Athens.

“I sit there and watch college students walk by after I put the flags there,” he said. “For most of them it is like they are seeing the statue for the first time and really taking notice.”

Blackmon said if he could teach people anything about Confederate values and culture it would be how to really relax, drink fine bourbon, smoke fine cigars, treat women right and sit down to a formal dinner.

“You would really be surprised at how your soul gets better sitting around drinking mint juleps and talking with friends,” Blackmon said. “Your troubles seem to melt away and relaxation ensues.”

Coffee and Music: Hendershot’s Coffee Bar

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A life-sized chess set and patio tables sit in place of the gas pumps. A wall of windows closes off what used to be the openings for the garage doors. Inside there’s a snug little sitting area and a central spot with a bar, booths and tables. The table tops are actually old doors. On the walls hang paintings by local artists and on any given night you can hear the musical talents of a local band for free.

It’s an old gas station on Oglethorpe Avenue, and it’s been converted into one of the most interesting hangouts in Athens.

For much of his life, Seth Hendershot was a traveling musician supporting himself by working in coffee shops. When he got married he thought it was time to settle down. He decided to combine his love for music, coffee and wine and opened Hendershot’s Coffee Bar.

“No way are they gonna make it,” Hendershot thought when Transmetropolitan opened its second location on Oglethorpe. “This corner was really not happening.

But Transmet swooped in and saw the potential,” Hendershot said. But after a few more restaurants successfully opened their doors, Hendershot decided to take a chance, thinking that a music and coffee bar was just what the neighborhood needed for its little entertainment hub.

When he opened Hendershot’s Coffee Bar the plan was always to help out local artists as well as musicians and gain them exposure for their talents. So Hendershot works with his wife, Jennifer Inglett, to get paintings from local artists and display them in the Bar.

“One thing we knew was that I would book the bands and she would book the art stuff,” Hendershot said.

In order to facilitate the success of the artists, Hendershot gives all the proceeds from any sold paintings to the artist. “I don’t want a percentage. It really helps me out because it decorates the place and I like that the vibe changes every so often because we get a whole new look with every new batch of paintings,” Hendershot said.

Hendershot still remembers those who contributed to his own efforts as a youth. “I had this one drum instructor who would give you the opportunity to teach once you reached a certain point. I loved it. I really loved helping other musicians develop their skills,” Hendershot said. Today, he works with young musicians during Camp Amped at Nuci’s Space and he still occasionally teaches.

Hendershot’s is also going to join forces with the Rose of Athens Theater to put together a “No Shame” concert. For $5 anyone can have the stage for five minutes and do anything they want, from telling jokes to tap dancing. Hendershot wants to maintain the musical performances,but he also looks forward to developing new entertainment outlets and offering a place where any artist can showcase their talents.

Hendershot’s has been open for a while, but those who don’t live near the Forest Heights neighborhood might not have heard of it. Though Hendershot is interested in new projects, he doesn’t want to replicate the Coffee Bar and make it into a chain or make the original place so big that it loses its character. He is more interested in developing a good reputation and maintaining the chill, eclectic atmosphere that has already earned him a number of loyal regulars.

He also doesn’t want to see the neighborhood become overdeveloped.

“I like the trees, the people, and the neighborhood feel.

One of the reasons Hendershot chose to open his Coffee Bar in the Forest Heights neighborhood was because it is a close community with the feel of a small neighborhood.

“We really appreciate the community support. We’ve had a lot of people make an effort to come out here and make sure we stay open,” Hendershot said.

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