Small businesses make up the heart and soul of Canada’s economy. Let’s Nurture has recently launched a project to celebrate small businesses across the country.
Next up is another Nova Scotia gem, The Ville Caffeine Bar. We had the opportunity to learn about what goes on behind the scenes of this unique approach to coffee.
The Ville is owned and operated by Jenna Osterholt.
This ambitious entrepreneur opened up shop in 2018 as the first Caffeine Bar in the industry. Caffeine Bars are here to show people that there is more to caffeine than espresso and coffee. Oosterholt has successfully equipped this space with fresh ingredients, an inviting atmosphere, upbeat music, and excellent service. Oosterholt is in the works of opening a second location downtown Halifax and we are so excited to see her plans unfold.
“Caffeine Bars elevate the consumer experience and allow them to quickly understand the difference between a Coffee Shop and a Caffeine Bar.” – Jenna Oosterholt
“We serve easy drinking, easy eating, easy going vibes all day long. “ – Jenna Oosterholt
Wednesday, April 2021
Name: Jenna Oosterholt
Name of Business & Location: The Ville Caffeine Bar, Halifax, Nova Scotia
A: I was 24 years old and was ready to start a business of my own. I wanted to open a Coffee Cart on the waterfront but that idea quickly expanded into a storefront location.
I don’t know if there was a true moment of inspiration, I always knew I wanted to open a business I just didn’t know what. After many years in the restaurant industry, it sort of just clicked one day like an ‘ah-hah’ moment, that I should just open a restaurant of some sort of my own!
I currently use wix.com for my website and Instagram, Facebook, Sage for Accounting purposes, and Google Drive.
Cost is always a big one for small businesses but usability is also big for me, as I don’t have all the time in the world!
I want them to know that there are a lot of things you have to do on a website to drive traffic. I am someone who would prefer to have just photos but search engines specifically seek out text. Hence why there is so much text on our home page!
No, I haven’t.
With Wix, you just purchase the domain name yearly.
I am not going to lie, very little if there is even a budget at all for online services. We are a face-to-face business!
The biggest takeaway is how important it is to build a strong, loyal clientele. They supported us through the pandemic big time! And I am happy we do all we can to make sure they enjoy our food and beverages, but also our service.
I love Elliot and Vine, Bar kismet, and Obladee.
I miss seeing everyone’s lovely faces and big smiles! Can’t wait for the masks to be a thing of the past!