Statesville's Sky Mountain Coffee is more than a coffee shop
PHOTO: Sky Mountain Coffee is located at 110 West Broad Street in downtown Statesville.
BY STACIE LETT CAIN
If caffeine is what you are looking for, look no further than downtown Statesville. Sky Mountain Coffee is now open for business, located at 110 West Broad Street.
“I love coffee,” said co-owner Andy Smith. “There is God’s providence in everything. I walked into this building and I loved it, and I loved the people around here so I bought a coffee company.”
Smith, who co-owns now three Sky Mountain Coffee locations with Craig Blaney, explained that the Statesville location is their first retail space, operated outside of a corporate location.
“Two of our locations are owned within corporate confines, one being inside of Lowe’s corporate offices," he said. "With that many employees, it just made sense for us to operate one there.”
The Statesville location offers not only coffee, but also showcases wine, local arts and crafts as well as pastries and other goodies.
“It’s not really a typical thing to offer coffee and wine together around here, but it’s very common in European countries,” he explained.
And wanting to offer something unique that has something for a wide range of tastes is exactly what was on the menu for Smith. Understanding that not everyone likes the night time bar scene but still want to be social, Smith created a space that is roomy, has more than enough seating, and even offers live music on Friday nights.
“We strive to offer something unique that hasn’t already been offered here in Statesville,” Smith said. “There is an amazing music community here in Statesville that I think you will see growing even bigger in the future. We love it that we can be a small part of that.”
Smith, who worked in corporate America prior to this venture in Washington, D.C., and California, among other places, always called the Carolinas home, which explains the importance of keeping this particular business local.
“I may have worked in other states, but I always flew there when I had to work,” he explained. “This has always been home.”
Leaving corporate America behind didn’t diminish Smith’s workload.
“I think I work harder now than I ever did at any of the corporate jobs,” he mused.
In addition to the retail store, Smith also runs a roastery that supplies coffee to the retail store. “It is a lot to do, but I certainly enjoy doing it.”
Although Sky Mountain closes at 6 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, it is open until 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, allowing the night owls someplace to gather.
Visit skymountaincoffee.com to learn more.