To purposely serve Columbus, Indiana with the highest customer care, the best specialty coffee, and an amazing environment to gather community.
Where it Started:
Lucabe Coffee Co. is the culmination of a dream that started during Tyler & Alissa's engagement, back in 2009. A few years later, when they moved to Columbus, Indiana, they realized that a great, locally-owned, specialty coffee shop was missing from the landscape. And so, began to think and pray about how they might make that happen. After a location was identified, successful crowd-funding raise was made, all the other pieces fell into place!
The name Lucabe was formed by a combination of Tyler & Alissa's three children (at the time of starting the business): Lucas, Calvin, Bella. The vision was to form a business and coffee shop that truly welcomed children in the same way that all adults feel as the come into the space. One its the differentiations is the inclusion of a kids play space for the littles to enjoy, while giving the parents an opportunity to avoid the awkwardness that is all too common with many coffee shops today & kids.
How its Going and What's Next:
Now, nearly 5-years into this adventure, they truly find joy in serving our community in new an innovative ways every day! Including, opening a second location, with a drive-thru, at the historic Irwin Union Bank at Eastbrook Plaza - Now Open!
We are passionate about coffee, people, and providing an excellent experience that brings you back time after time. We invite you to come and experience Lucabe for the first time, or again!
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Tyler, Alissa, and the entire Lucabe Team
6 April 2021
Lucabe Coffee Co. acquires iconic Columbus, Indiana building to expand specialty coffee business
Former Irwin Union Bank and Trust branch bank, which opened in 1961 and was designed by noted architect Harry Weese, will open in July as a specialty coffee shop with dramatic views of the Haw Creek River and next to the People Trail.
After operating for nearly five years in the heart of downtown Columbus, Lucabe Coffee Co. is expanding its specialty coffee business with a second location on the near east side of town at 2531 Eastbrook Plaza. The property was purchased last month from First Financial Bank, which had operated it as a branch since acquiring it from Irwin Union Bank and Trust in 2008.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our business at this time,” said Alissa Hodge, who co-owns the business with her husband, Tyler. “For the past 18 months we have been exploring opportunities to expand, and we’re thrilled to open a second location at this very special property. It will allow us to connect the design of our great drinks and customer experience to the internationally renowned design legacy of this Harry Weese-designed building in our hometown. It’s a dream come true.”
Lucabe Coffee Co. is able to expand at this time thanks to the support of a dedicated customer base, an ability to adapt to the changes caused by the pandemic, and other support. The small business is positioned for growth after making it through the past year without having to lay off or furlough any of its dedicated employees. They plan on using their creative mindset to adapt this iconic building into a second location for their specialty coffee business.
“The former bank, with its focus on drive-up service, is an ideal second location for us,” says Hodge. “We love the look of this building, with the tall brick columns so recognizable to cars passing by, and those using the nearby People Trail. We’re looking forward to expanding our offerings to existing and new customers.”
To make sure that customers have a great experience using the original drive-up windows, the Hodges have been consulting with a number of design experts and Landmark Columbus. They are serious about ensuring that they use an excellent approach to adapt this property for their use. While the interior has been completely renovated multiple times in the past, including a complete remodel after the 2008 flood, Lucabe is optimistic that their reuse of the building will allow it to become a community asset and continue Columbus’ celebration of architecture and design.
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When open, the second branch will offer about 20 new full and part-time jobs. While the downtown location will remain their headquarters for all of their in-house made baking and food production, this new location will provide a service to a much broader section of the Columbus community.
“Alissa and Tyler are design-minded and very thoughtful about their work,” said Richard McCoy, Executive Director of Landmark Columbus Foundation. “I’m really excited to see this Harry Weese-designed bank become a new kind of community asset.”
About Lucabe Coffee Co.
The company was started in 2017 at 310 Fourth Street. It is owned by Tyler and Alissa Hodge who have lived in Columbus since 2012. They are passionate about coffee, people, and providing an excellent experience that brings customers back time after time. Lucabe currently employs fifteen people.
Alissa Hodge email@example.com