November 26th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 46
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Stone’s Throw Café turns eleven
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Ezra Black Photo
Jessica’s mother Bernice Sprague, Stone’s Throw Café employees Lasandra Houde and Aislinn Maguire and Jessica with daughter Stephanie at the Stone’s Throw Café’s eleventh anniversary celebration on Saturday.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Through sweat equity and dedication, Pass residents Steve and Jessica Atkinson have transformed the Stone’s Throw Café into one of the community’s most recognizable establishments.
They’ve also transformed themselves into employers, parents and respected members of the community, though Steve’s lost a bit of hair.
“I think he had green coloured hair when I met him and a green goatee,” says Jessica of her first encounter with Steve at the Jasper Inn in the mid 1990s.
“Good old Jasper Inn, that’s where we met,” she says.
The Stone’s Throw Café turned eleven on November 3.
To celebrate, free coffee and cake was available from two to four p.m.
In 2000 the Atkinsons started thinking about launching their own business. For several years they attended auctions and equipment sales to purchase supplies for their new venture. They stored much of it in a detachable semi truck container that belonged to the Jasper Inn, where they both worked.
After considering a move to Claresholm and other communities they chose the Pass for their new business.
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“The Pass has been amazing to us,” says Steve. “It’s allowed us to purchase this building that we lived in for three or four years. Now we’ve bought a house and we’re raising children. It’s amazing.”
Jessica says their business has turned out just like they’d planned it.
“We had a vision in our head that it would look like this,” she says. Like exactly like this. The mismatched chairs, the tables, the doors.”
In addition to slinging eggs, coffee and a lot of baked goods, the Atkinsons also have advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
“Have a plan and stick to it. Believe in it and give everything you have,” says Steve.
They also disclosed what it’s like having a significant other as a business partner.
“We’ve never not worked and lived together,” says Jessica. “I came home from work one day and he’d moved into my room. I was like well, I guess our relationship has taken that step.”
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