RIO GRANDE — A new coffee and bakery shop opened its doors Thursday morning with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce.
Twinkleberries is located on East College Street in Rio Grande.
According to co-owner Kevin Schrock, he and his sister, Judi Schrock, wanted to open up an independent business in Rio Grande as they had either lived nearby or in town at various points in time. Both siblings are in their 20s.
“It was actually my sister’s idea to open the shop,” Kevin said. “She needed a little help with ideas and getting everything pulled together, so we threw ourselves into it.”
The shop offers baked goods as well as Silver Bridge Coffee drinks. Breakfast is served until 2 p.m. most days as well.
“We started the idea approximately a year ago,” Kevin said. “We started looking for a location.”
Schrock said that Giovanni’s owner Bill Dummit allowed the siblings to rent the space for the coffee shop after adding onto his pizza shop in Rio Grande. Schrock said the area was originally a shed before being renovated into professional retail space.
“The coffee shop has been a dream of mine for many years,” Judi said.
Judi was inspired by a children’s book written by Beatrix Potter titled “The Tale of the Squirrel Nutkin” and a character named Twinkleberry inside the story. She felt it would make a good name for the new shop the siblings had planned.
“I fell in love with the name and I’ve had it in mind for years,” Judi said.
The siblings felt they could not just focus solely on coffee as part of their business, so they added food to the menu to round out their customer experience. The pair said they focus on quality and customer satisfaction, and if it takes a little longer to make a tasty product for their patrons’ happiness, then that is what they will do.
“Everybody loves fresh-baked stuff and breakfast in a small town,” Kevin said. “We try to keep our products fast. We focus on fresh first.”
The siblings said they intended on adding to their menus and anticipate different coffee blends throughout time to keep customers coming back for new experiences.
The siblings bake muffins and turnovers on site and some Tender Fluff products from Jackson. The rest of their baked goods come from their mother’s bakery a few miles south of Rio Grande. To their knowledge, they are the only combined bake and coffee shop in Gallia County.
For more information, visit Twinkleberries at the corner of East College Street and State Route 588 near Bob Evans Farm.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.