It all kind of fell into place for Greencastle’s Rod and Kim Eckstine.
The Eckstines opened The Bean and Biscuit Coffeehouse at 18 E. Baltimore St. in downtown Greencastle on June 3. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, orders are carry-out only.
“The Bean and Biscuit is a new coffeehouse my wife and I have dreamed of for a number of years,” Rod said. “We’re trying to create an atmosphere where people feel welcome, and hang out with friends and family.”
The Bean and Biscuit serves breakfast, lunch, beverages, sweets and the community.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm in the community about the coffee shop,” Kim said. “We love the small-town feel of Greencastle, and we wanted to give back to the community.”
The couple, both 52, said that the café has been in the works for almost a year now. The Jewelry Shop occupied the property for over 35 years before moving to its new location on U.S. 11.
“We just needed the perfect location,” Kim said. “Last year, I was walking downtown and saw that The Jewelry Shop was moving. So I walked in and said, ‘Hey, would you consider renting this out for a coffee shop?’ So we talked, and it all just kind of fell into place.”
Kim’s background is in accounting, working for Corelle Brands in Greencastle for 20 years. Rod’s worked in information technology, also at Corelle Brands, for 25 years.
“We’re thankful and blessed for this opportunity,” Rod said. “We’re putting our best effort into it to make it successful. We never had a purpose of getting rich off of this, it’s just something we love to do.”
The small business is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday — Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“We hope it provides a safe haven for people to come in and relax, and get a break whenever they’re downtown,” Kim said. “It’s a place to gather with friends and family. We love people, and we want to see people happy.”