Two local businesses run by two dynamic duos will celebrate their first year of business with one evening of festivities.
Hey Day, a boutique owned by Jennifer and Ryan Little, and Bindle Coffee, a coffee shop owned by Andrew and Jenn Webb, are located just steps away from each other in the newly established Jessup Farm Artisan Village.
Bindle Coffee and Hey Day both opened their businesses on August 22, 2015 and will be each be hosting an anniversary celebration on Friday, August 26, at Jessup Farm Artisan Village this evening.
Over a century ago, the artisan village was an agricultural homestead owned and operated by the Jessup family. The land changed hands multiple times before being sold to Bellisimo Inc. in 2011. Soon after, it was transformed into the artisan village and surrounding Bucking Horse residential neighborhood. Original structures from the farm have been restored and now house Bindle Coffee, Hey Day and other neighboring shops.
When Bindle Coffee and Hey Day opened their doors roughly one year ago, the village was mostly empty. Since then, the community-focused area has grown immensely to include multiple homes and nine additional businesses that range from photography to food and drink.
Little said Bindle and Hey Day’s joint opening was not a coincidence.
“It was intentional,” Jennifer Little said. “We were both ready to get in here once the construction was complete. We wanted to have as big of bang for the buck as possible when we first opened.”
With one year down, both companies have settled in and found their niche.
Hey Day focuses on women’s apparel, home goods and natural apothecary items such as soaps, perfumes and makeup.
Jennifer Little said the style at Hey Day is simple, yet fashionable.
“(It’s) easy, effortless (and) comfortable with a little bit of an edge,” Jennifer Little said.
The store imbeds its effortless and comfortable style into the store’s atmosphere by utilizing natural light from the large glass windows, white walls, wooden display tables and small elegant chandeliers.
Jennifer Little said the store has been an asset to herself and the community.
“I’ve seen that the ladies in Fort Collins just love the clothing,” Jennifer Little said.”I’m excited to bring in more clothing and keep things coming in. We turn over inventory weekly, so we’re constantly getting in new products.”
Hey Day is looking forward to the year ahead and hopes to continue to introduce new merchandise and bring new people into the store.
“We’ve already established a great customer base, but it continues to grow,” said Rachael Crain, store employee and CSU apparel and merchandising student. “I’m excited to see what another year does.”
Hey Day will be holding a celebration this evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will feature live music, food, drinks, a braid bar provided by Voltage Hair and apparel vendors.
Over at Bindle Coffee, coffee-lovers are welcomed in to a cozy shop with brick and wooden-paneled walls with art, a world map and a pennant stating “Make coffee not war.” Wooden tables and windowsills hold containers of fresh flowers and small potted plants.
“We wanted to create a place that anyone could feel welcome,” Andrew Webb said.
The shop focuses on providing natural food made freshly in the shop. The coffee is roasted in shop, and Jenn Webb, who holds a degree from The Culinary School of the Rockies, makes all pastries.
Bindle Coffee creates coffee by the people for the people. They care about where their ingredients are coming from and how it is impacting the communities where the food is sourced as well as the people in Fort Collins who visit their shop.
“Having the focus on people at the farm level to the people at our counter is really important to us,” Andrew Webb said.
With a focus on people, Bindle creates an atmosphere where people can meet up and chat, work or relax.
“It’s a cool place to hang out,” said Emily Valley, an avid Bindle Coffee customer. “I always feel like I run into someone I know, which I love. It’s easy to loose track of time and spend a lot of hours here.”
Bindle will be having social media promotions throughout the day on August 26 as well as an evening celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a live D.J., giveaways and a bike raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will help one of their baristas reach her goal of raising $2,100 to rescue someone out of sex trafficking.