New owner of Butler County coffee shop hopes to use store as springboard

A business offering hot drinks, cold treats and various light fare wants to use the revenue earned there to build an enterprise aimed at fostering a deeper sense of community.

Nik York said he signed a lease earlier this year for 7051 Yankee Road just west of Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Liberty Twp.

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The 3,500-square-foot shop, which rebranded from Coffee Beans & Brew to Cincy Country Bumpkin, offers coffees, syrups and specialty drinks, plus lattes, cappuccinos, chillers, smoothies, frozen drinks. Other menu items include sundaes, floats and milkshakes. Menu items include a “build-your-own” breakfast sandwich, muffins, danishes, biscotti and cookies, oatmeal and fresh fruit.

OnSite Retail Group's Joshua Rothstein and Zamaris "Z" Geleszinski said it closed the deal that brought the business to Yankee Shoppes earlier this year, posting it online March 6, nine days before Ohio mandated a temporary shut down of all dine-in service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cincy Country Bumpkin also offers something first introduced by Coffee Beans & Brew when that business moved to the spot from another storefront in the shopping center in 2014: a private room available at no cost for customers to hold meetings and events.

Owner Nik York said he is a “country bumpkin” from a rural part of the state of New York and a farmer by trade who met his Texan wife in Los Angeles and moved to a small property between Wilmington and Clarksville.

“We ended up in Cincinnati because we wanted to raise our children in a different environment,” York said.

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York said his goal is to have the coffee shop/eatery be successful enough to support a working farm that milks cows, makes homemade ice cream and cheese and provides opportunities to pick fruit and other produce. The farm also would allow people to see animals, roast coffee for its clientele and shop a country store with many different products.

Those products can then be brought to Cincy Country Bumpkin in Liberty Twp., a community York said he and his wife are “infatuated with” because people there seem to have “small, rural, family values, looking out for each other as a whole.”

“We want to build a place for the families in this community and others to see where their food comes from and educate the community allowing them to see it with their own eyes,” he said. “(That) includes a coffee shop to congregate in, enjoying open conversations, discussions and even some gossip, but also ice cream sundaes for families like I enjoyed as child to fresh produce, berry patches, orchards, dairy products and even some wine, beer and spirits produced down the road a bit.”

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