The best things are always worth waiting for. The circumstances that led us to our newest shop in Metamora have been over a year in the making. It feels much longer ago even than that! We first looked at the property back in March of 2016, and from the very beginning, we could see Eli’s in this building and community. The historic building had such a wonderfully inviting atmosphere to it. With tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, gorgeous exposed brick, and magnificent hardwood floors, the property was irresistible. The setting on the square in such a community-focused town was a major draw to us as well.
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With a new shop coming and a lot going on this new year, we wanted to re-introduce ourselves to those who may not know us. We’re Rachel and Weston Berchtold, and we’ve been the managing owners of Eli’s for almost 2 years now!
Rachel is a born and raised Tremont girl. She lived for most of her life on her family’s dairy farm east of town. Early morning milking shifts helped prepare her for a life of opening coffee shops before sunrise! Rachel started working at Eli’s in 2010 as a part-time barista and baker while she attended college at ISU. Being a history teacher was always the plan but opportunities to grow at Eli’s kept opening themselves up. Once the Tremont shop was opened, Rachel took the position of Tremont Manager and eventually purchased the majority of the business a couple years later.
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From our beginning, Eli’s Coffee Shop has always been about one thing: Connecting people and their communities together. That calling is still with us today, woven into the fabric of our business. We are so proud of our drinks, bakery, and deli and strive every day to serve them in the highest quality but those things are a means to an end. They are the vehicle by which we bring people together. People have a choice on where they get their morning coffee, where they pick up a sweet treat, or grab a quick lunch. We are one of many different options. People choose Eli’s though, because of that connection they receive and our commitment to our local communities. Our baristas know your name. They know your favorite drink. Each month we donate to a local organization, and serve as a meeting place, open seven days a week for people to enjoy. Eli’s is a fixture of our communities and that’s something that we’re so proud of while still humbled by the responsibility.
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We really like to drink coffee around here, no surprises there. But the thing we might love most about coffee is the way it brings people together. Customers in the shops, relationships forming around this most popular beverage. One side of that relationship that you may not know about is the one we get to share with our coffee suppliers. On National Coffee Day, we thought it’d be a great time to put the spotlight on them!
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We’re excited to share with everyone some changes that are coming this weekend to Eli’s! We’ve been working very hard to improve ourselves every day and sometimes that means making some big changes. Starting on Saturday, August 20th, we’ll be closing both shops at 5pm. We will then be closed on Sunday, the 21st all day to make these changes. We apologize for the closure but it will ensure that we can get everything accomplished without interfering with customer service. Below is a preview of some of the updates we’ll be making over the weekend:
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