After practically two years of chatting by way of plans and taking small step after small step in the direction of their objective, Ohio natives Lindsey and John King have opened Walkie Talkie Espresso & Coffee in Canton’s Northwest neighborhood.
Lindsey, a 16-year coffee business veteran and former barista competitor, and John, a musician who frolicked working for Deli Ohio, have lengthy dreamed of opening a coffee store of their very own, envisioning a welcoming, walkable, mixed-used house for his or her surrounding group. That imaginative and prescient moved in the direction of actuality when a former 1930s-era service station constructing was bought by Deli Ohio proprietor Ryan Miller. It moved even nearer with a profitable $32,000+ Kickstarter marketing campaign final 12 months.
The cafe house has been renovated to focus on its classic authentic storage aesthetics, with excessive ceilings and monitor lighting all through. The partitions are painted with a palette chosen by Lindsey that features Walkie Talkie’s orange, teal, mint and salmon. Upon coming into, there’s a welcome wall that reads, “this neighborhood coffee store delivered to you by” with signatures of taking part Kickstarter backers. There are two giant group tables for visitors and a youngsters’s nook crammed with tender seating and a low-rise coloring desk. There may be additionally ample bar seating the place visitors are invited to sit down and chat with baristas whereas they work.
Cory Windland, a good friend of the Kings, helped design the brand and the art work throughout the house, together with a few “walkie talkies” which are painted above the doorway to the cafe.
“The title Walkie Talkie comes from our dream for his or her neighborhood — constructing a spot that you could stroll to and discuss together with your neighbors,” the Kings collectively advised DCN by way of e mail. “We hope at any time when somebody sees our brand it incites pleasure and reminds them it’s a place they could be a a part of.”
The Kings opted for a two-group La Marzocco Linea for espresso, which sits atop the again of the bar subsequent to a Mazzer Robur grinder for espresso and a Mahlkönig EK43 for drip coffee. Fetco is used for batch brew and Hario V60s maintain the pourovers.
Walkie Talkie is solely serving coffees from the revered Portland, Oregon roastery Coronary heart Roasters.
“We first tried Coronary heart in Detroit truly as a pourover at Astro and that cup lingered in my thoughts for years,” Lindsey King mentioned. Wooster, Ohio’s Hartzler Household Farm offers the dairy.
A lot of the menu, together with quite a few signature coffee drinks, was the creation of Lindsey, whereas John, who’s newer to coffee, has been working alongside her on the bar. Stated Lindsey, “He’s a fast-learning rookie.”
The menu contains quite a few brand-centric takes on traditional espresso-based choices and extra experimental gadgets. For instance, “The Walkaccino” is a big cappuccino meant to final a buyer their complete stroll residence, and the “Large Child” is half chilly brew focus and half chocolate milk. There are seasonal drinks just like the basil and rosemary latte which includes a house-made syrup that had been infused with contemporary basil leaves and rosemary sprigs.
“We’ve tried to maintain the menu streamlined, simple for brand new coffee explorers to peruse, and curious sufficient for skilled drinkers as effectively,” mentioned the Kings.
Lindsey and John’s most important objective for his or her cafe is to serve coffee with coronary heart (pun solely half-intended).
“Whereas this does imply providing the very best high quality coffee and creating superb drinks, the main target comes down to each interplay now we have with our prospects,” the Kings mentioned. “Whether or not you might be from close to or far, we wish individuals to really feel like a neighbor as an alternative of a stranger.”
Walkie Talkie is now at 504 15th St NW in Canton, Ohio.
Craig Batory is a author, marketer, and coffee skilled working and
residing in Detroit.