Remnant Coffee Shop Helps Locals Thrive
Photographer / Jubilee Edgell
On June 12 Remnant Coffee Shop opened, located in The Remnant North location of White River Christian Church, as a nonprofit designed to serve the community. The idea came about by members of White River Christian Church who dreamed of giving away the Remnant — A space for a community to thrive. To act as a heartbeat of the community, where it put the needs of the people of Arcadia before their own.
The back portion of White River Christian Church has been refurbished into a coffee shop and event venue, which locals can use for birthday parties, bridal showers, weddings, corporate events, school board meetings, trivia nights and more. Not only does any Arcadia resident get half off all rentals, but Hamilton Heights schools can also use the space for free. Local charitable groups can do so at a discounted price.
In the fall the establishment held the Hamilton Heights High School homecoming and Arcadia’s Fall Festival, and since it’s a nonprofit, the staff members give all donations and tips back to the community. For example, they raised money and donated it towards a splash pad that the town will build in 2021. The staff is currently engaged in a fundraiser to rebuild a home for a local military veteran whose house has been condemned.
“This is a small town of just 1,700, so I’m shocked by how much money has been donated in just the last three months for our service projects,” says manager Cam Haberly.
Because customers know the shop gives all profits and tips back to the community, many regulars pay for a $2 cup of coffee with a $5 bill and tell the barista to keep the change.
“People have really connected with everything we’ve been doing, and I think that’s going to continue to grow,” Haberly says.
The main room that the staff rents out can hold up to 250 people. Because there is plenty of space, they can spread out tables to allow for social distancing.
The upstairs playroom has a rock wall, and since White River is connected to a special-needs ministry, the staff designed a room that is safe to host events for the special-needs community.
Community members are thankful to have a local place to host parties and celebrations without having to pay high prices. The coffee shop also gives folks of all ages a spot to hang out.
“Local high schoolers come in every day after school,” Haberly says. “We call it the frappé rush. Retired folks like to sit at the bar, grab a dark cup of coffee and chat with the baristas.”
In the fall, Remnant’s hot sellers were the caramel, orange spice with vanilla, and pumpkin pie lattes. During the winter holidays, the peppermint latte, chocolate chip mint frappé, and white chocolate blackberry mocha are hits.
As the pandemic has impacted local small businesses, the Remnant staff has chosen to act as a vendor for locals to help sell their products. For instance, the owner of Sweet Peas Flower Farm in Noblesville sells local, fresh-cut flowers. Her business took a big hit when weddings were being cancelled in the spring and summer, so the folks at Remnant built her a custom cart and now she sells between 20 and 30 bouquets per week. The staff has done the same for Josie’s Car Freshies, operated by a local girl who sells handmade aroma bead air fresheners.
“A local food bank asked if they could do a garage sale during our fall festival and give all the proceeds to a charity in Guatemala,” Haberly says. “These are the types of things this place is for.”
Keturah Long, who volunteers at Remnant six days per week, has witnessed some amazing occurrences. Once a customer mentioned that they were struggling to rebuild their front porch, and a builder, who happened to be in line behind the man, offered to help.
“It’s not always us,” Long says. “It’s a platform for people to come in and share brotherly love.”
Long sees people pay it forward consistently. The staff has witnessed people purchase $250 gift cards to cover customers’ drink costs for an entire day.
“We have a guy who fills a card for a special-needs boy, so any time this young man comes in, his food and drink are paid for,” Long says.
Remnant Coffee Shop is located at 101 West Main Street in Arcadia. For more information, call 317-606-8337 or visit remnantcoffee.shop.