Johnny Eddins sits proudly in his restaurant—One Coffee Company—in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, six thousand miles from his birthplace in a small town in Germany. His story is a testament to the importance of perseverance, good customer service, and timing in being a successful entrepreneur.
Eddin’s father was Green Beret, and his son is in the Navy in San Diego. Eddins grew up in Oregon, and received bachelor’s degrees in theology and psychology from Northwestern University. But, all his life, he wanted to own a coffee shop. When he and his wife decided to move to Arizona a year and a half ago, and she opened a spa, he decided to pursue his own long-time dream.
“I knew this was the one as soon as I saw it,” Eddins says of the coffee shop that is located on the ground floor of One North Central,” The location in the heart of downtown is perfect.”
The décor of One Coffee Company is a modern, comfortable, eclectic collection of sofas, loveseats, tables and stylish chairs, inside and outside on Washington Street. Customers can order from a wide selection of high-quality coffees, Italian sodas, pastries and paninis. Unlike some establishments in town, which would rather customers just “drive” through, Eddins says “I love it when people just come in, relax, mingle, and linger.” Eddins wants people to think of One Coffee Company as a neighborhood gem.
Of his recent arrival as an entrepreneur in Phoenix, Eddins believes the timing was perfect. The growing number of students from ASU (some of whom work at the coffee shop), the new developments at CityScape, increases in residential living, and a recovering economy are making downtown Phoenix an exciting place to be. He enjoys talking with and getting to know people, and the cooperative attitude among the small businesses in the neighborhood. They give each other referrals and help each other out in emergencies.
Everyone, who has had the experience of empty napkins holders and sticky saltshakers, appreciates the cleanliness and excellent customer services in the shop. “One of the biggest challenges is to make sure everything is ready for the next morning.”
Eddins is considering opening a second location. “I want people to know how ‘local’ my downtown coffee shop is, how ‘Phoenix.” Readers can see how Phoenicians feel about One Coffee Company by visiting the site www.facebook.com/onecoffeeco to learn more.