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Coffee shop will be sweet spot in new Spout Springs library

POSTED: September 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
SCOTT ROGERS /The Times

Gina Payne prepares a latte Wednesday afternoon at the downtown Gainesville coffee house Inman Perk. The company is planning to open a small coffee shop inside the new Spout Springs branch of the Hall County Library System.

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Hall County’s newest library is about to be the first in the county to feature an in-house coffee shop.

Inman Perk, which has locations in Flowery Branch and on the square in Gainesville, will be opening a new location in the Spout Springs library in October.

Guy Ettinger, co-owner of Inman Perk, said opening a shop in the library fits in well with the company’s goal of being community oriented.

Ettinger said the shop not only will generate revenue for the library system, but will also encourage people to stay in the facility and take advantage all of the services it has to offer.

"It fits into our MO," Ettinger said. "There’s no better place in that community to be a community coffee shop."

He said aside from selling coffee, the Inman Perk shop will act as a used bookstore and display for local art.

Friends of the Hall County Library System will resell donated books — likely newer, popular books — at a reduced cost to support the library.

"We’re helping them have different revenue streams," Ettinger said.

Inman Perk will be able to benefit from the low rent the library is charging, and the library system will benefit because Inman Perk will give part of its proceeds to the libraries.

"It’s a win-win situation," Ettinger said.

Spout Springs library branch manager Leslie James said people are excited about the new coffee shop.

"We’re very much looking forward to it," she said. "Everybody’s eagerly anticipating the opening of the coffee shop. That’s been announced since the library was being built."

She said she believes the partnership will be "mutually beneficial" for both Inman Perk and the library.

"Who doesn’t like to snuggle with a cup of coffee and a book?" James said. "Especially with winter coming on, I think we’ll see a lot more foot traffic," James said.

Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver said he has heard nothing but positive feedback about the Spout Springs library.

"Somebody said to me, ‘I cannot believe your commission was forward thinking enough to put a coffee shop in there,’" Oliver said. "It’s a quality of life issue. It’s something you can be proud of. It’s a place where people can meet, read, study, whatever. I think it’s incredibly great."



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