A locally owned coffee shop soon will be opening in Solon.

City officials approved the site plan last week for Heritage Coffee, 33445 Station St. in the former location of a barbershop. The new shop is a vision of city resident Saevar Thordarson.

This will be the first and only location of the shop, Mr. Thordarson explained.

“I believe in the Solon economy,” he continued of his reasons to open shop in the city. He and his wife Christina have three children in the school system, “and we want to be a larger part of the community and be able to give back to the community that has given us so much.”

Plans are to open the approximately 1,600-square-foot shop in November. A patio with bike racks are planned for the spring. Mr. Thordarson is putting about $50,000 in exterior improvements.

The shop will offer all locally sourced products, including Duck Rabbit Coffee out of Cleveland’s Ohio City. Loose leaf tea, pastries, bagels, protein packs and kombucha drinks will be offered as well, Mr. Thordarson explained.

“We plan to put bike racks outside so people can come in and enjoy a hot or cold drink and snack,” he said.

Mr. Thordarson, who has worked in manufacturing for the past 16 years and currently is a quality manager for a manufacturing facility in Cleveland, has always aspired to be an entrepreneur. “Coffee is something I’m very passionate about,” he said. “I have had mediocre coffee at best (when going out) and Heritage will have the finest coffee.”

It is also important to offer a place to come and relax, he said.

The interior of the building will be gutted and the rebuild will include wood, leather and metal, he said, all of which can be easily sanitized.

“We are meeting and exceeding all of the [COVID-19] requirements, he said.

There will be seating inside for roughly 35 people, and additional seating will come with the patio construction.

Mayor Edward H. Kraus lauded the plan, stating that having a local coffee shop is “tremendous.

“Nothing against the national chains, but it is nice to have local restaurants and coffee shops and things of that nature,” Mayor Kraus said. “It gives it a nice community feel.”

Mayor Kraus said this location is great because it is an area targeted for redevelopment in the future.

“This is the one area we want to start to access walking and biking and be able to connect to the various areas,” he said.

Heritage Coffee will be located in the strip center next to the U.S. Postal Service office.

“When you open a coffee shop, you want people to be able to bike and walk there,” Mayor Kraus said.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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