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Spilling the Beans Under New Ownership


Have you always wanted to own a coffee shop?  Emilee Gray laughs and replies: “No, I just saw that this one was for sale and likely closing and thought it would be a good idea.”

Emilee and her aunt Jackie Bucholz, already partners in business at Freedom Services (offering notary, bookkeeping, and tax preparation) wasted no time in reopening Spilling the Beans, located at 2 West Front Street in Oil City.  A splash of paint, new carpet and some soft seating gave a fresh feel to a familiar meeting place.

Customers will recognize staff that stayed on from the previous owners and friends who continue to meet regularly for coffee chats. Only modest changes to the menu and hours suggest there was little, if any, disruption from the change of ownership.

Prior Owners Missy and Josh Scrivens along with Dave McVay, own the Log Cabin restaurant in Seneca. The sale of Spilling the Beans will allow them to focus on this long-standing business and its expanded catering and food truck services.

Spilling the Beans employs a staff of five and will likely grow, with some employees working across the businesses.

When asked what she has learned and what surprises her about owning a coffee shop, Emilee remarks: “Everything!  It is hard work, but I love the customers.  I can now make a latte, an accomplishment considering my experience didn’t go much beyond a Keurig.”

Emily looks forward to working with neighboring businesses and contributing to the sustainability of the community.

Spilling the Beans is open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To find more information and their menu, visit their Facebook page.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Member Spotlight: Casey’s Restaurant & Lounge


Family friendly homestyle dining

Casey’s Restaurant & Lounge, located on North Seneca Street between Oil City and Rouseville, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails seven days a week.

Casey’s has unique offerings that may be unexpected from this local restaurant and lounge.

Some of their menu items and specials include seafood (served daily), chili rellenos, fried avocado, breaded portabella mushrooms, fried chicken and waffles, breakfast pizza, and banana chocolate French toast.

At 19 years old, owner Jami Degroat worked for the previous owner of Casey’s for more than six years. When it was for sale years later, she told us “it was like coming home.”

Casey’s has an outdoor, pet-friendly patio, where they feature live music often. The restaurant is right along part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, making it a great stop for residents and visitors participating in outdoor recreation.

“Small towns are the best,” Jami said. “It’s like serving generations of family.”

Jami’s favorite part of owning a business is the ability to turn her own ideas into reality, and she especially enjoys the relationships she’s built with employees and customers.

Looking towards the future, Jami has plans to continue to fill the needs of our trail community and to reinvent the patio.

ABOUT

Casey’s Restaurant & Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails, seven days a week, and welcomes trail users to their outdoor patio.

FAST FACTS

  • Owner Jami Degroat worked for the business for more than six years at 19 years old.
  • Seafood is on the menu seven days a week.
  • The restaurant is located along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail and their outdoor patio is pet-friendly.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Address:
630 N. Seneca Street, Oil City

Hours of Business:
7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Seven days a week

Phone:
(814) 676-9226

Facebook:
facebook.com/CaseysRestLounge

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

CATA Announces Changes to Fixed Route Bus Service


Changes to the fixed route bus service went into effect on September 16. “We’ve been looking at improving the routes for some time,” said Tim Geibel, CATA General Manager. “We do a lot of research and gather input from all the stakeholders including drivers, riders, agencies, and businesses to make the best decisions before changes are implemented.” While most changes are on the Intercity route, there are a few that affect the Franklin and Oil City service as well.

One of the changes on the Intercity route is that rather than going one direction all morning and then going the other direction in the afternoon, the bus will reverse direction on each run. The first run will go from Franklin to Oil City to Seneca to Franklin; the second run will go from Franklin to Seneca to Oil City to Franklin; and so forth.

Because of a shorter length of a run, the time the bus will be at each location has also changed.

New bus schedules for all routes can be found on the buses, Chambers of Commerce, County Transportation office, and the Pointe, as well as www.catabus.org.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s October 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Oil Heritage Festival Preparations Underway – Get Involved Now!


Forty-one years of Oil Heritage Festival have been celebrated by the community, because of generous sponsors and volunteers.  Planning happens almost year round, but your Chamber is now in full tilt;—securing entertainment contracts, reserving venues, and preparing for all the promotion for the 2019 OHF.  Now is the time to let us know if you’d like to support the festival and your help can come in many ways. 

Financial sponsorship assures that we can hire the musicians, print the programs, and provide the awards and prizes for events going on within the festival.  Regardless of how much, every donation is appreciated and is your vote of confidence that you value community celebration.  We often hear that businesses or community members are ready to get involved and wish to add a new event or come and volunteer during the festival.  This is a great way to get to know your community better.  Let us know if we can find a job for you.  We can use you for a short time or fully immerse you in the festival experience.

We understand that many small businesses have a modest amount of time and money to give, but still want to be connected.  We’ll be collecting items or complete baskets for our raffle once again and will have placemat advertising available.  Believe it or not, deadlines for our print materials are quickly approaching. You’ll find more information about sponsorship and advertising in the insert in this newsletter. Let us know if we can help you find the best way to get involved in Oil Heritage Festival this year.

Read about the festival and find printable and online forms on our website at oilheritagefestival.com or facebook.com/OilHeritageFestival.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s May 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

State Street Furniture & Sleep Shoppe Donates to Mustard Seed Missions


Dave HippenstielDave Hippenstiel, owner of State Street Furniture and The Sleep Shoppe, generously donated 214 sets of sheets to Mustard Seed Missions!

Mustard Seed Missions is a cooperative effort between local churches throughout Venango County and the Venango County Department of Human Services to provide meaningful help and the opportunity for spiritual support while meeting needs in any of three areas: doing home repairs and ramp installations; furnishing beds or other household goods; and providing rides to medical appointments outside the County. Thanks Dave for your contribution to this amazing community organization!

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.