While Tinderbox Coffee Roasters may have new ownership, both the stands and the coffee itself will stay the same, said new owner Aubrey Baier.
She and her husband, Chad Baier, fulfilled a life-long dream when they purchased the business from Nick and Tara Greely last month. Tinderbox Coffee Roasters operates two local shops: a sit-down location in Westport and a drive-through stand in Hoquiam near the Grays Harbor Public Market.
“This is something we, and Chad especially, have always really wanted to do,” Aubrey Baier said. “We wanted to own a coffee shop and some day incorporate a bakery.”
For now, the bakery is a long way off, as are plans for a third store in a yet-to-be-determined location. The Baiers are, however, working to expand their wholesale customer base for beans.
“We’re trying to market to other local stands and restaurants,” Aubrey Baier said. “We want them to know that we’re around and that they can buy coffee that’s roasted on the Harbor.”
Chad Baier has taken over the roasting portion of the business, and Aubrey works at the Westport store on weekends. They have 10 employees and kept the baristas hired by the previous owners.
“We’ve heard a lot of concern about whether people are going to keep their jobs, and they are,” Aubrey Baier said. “We have a great staff who keep the stands running so we don’t have to be there all the time.”
And that’s what makes the business perfect for their family, she said. Chad Baier will continue to work for the state, and Aubrey Baier will continue to run an after school daycare and home school their three children.
“It’s using our passion for coffee and our passion for Grays Harbor all in one,” she said.