We’re thrilled to announce the return of our #SupportLocal initiative and this week we're featuring our favorite local cafe, Regulars Wanted Beanery!
Regulars Wanted Beanery serves the beautiful town of Julian specialty coffee, tea, baked goods, breakfast, lunch, craft beer, and wine. It's owned and operated by the lovely Jenifer & Christian Eggert.
What inspired the creation of Regulars Wanted? What’s your mission?
Let’s start with our name…We purchased the URL many years ago as we figured if we ever went into business together that we’d want “Regulars”. Beanery is a turn of the century term meaning “Café or good eats” which fit in well with our town Era. A series of life events and decisions moved us to Julian full time where this café was for sale. With our moto “Kaizen” or “continuous improvement” in mind, we strive to offer quality ingredients for our food / drinks and superior service creating a comfortable environment for our Regulars for years to come.
When did realize that you were destined for entrepreneurship?
Christian has been an entrepreneur for his entire life starting a car detailing business as a teen. It’s in his DNA. I have dabbled in it myself too. After spending 2018 driving around the US / Canada in an RV with our 5 year old son and 2 dogs, we settled in Julian. Christian and I have always talked about doing something together so when this café was for sale upon our return we decided to go all in.
What does being a business owner mean to you?
It’s both leading and managing. Managing the day to day is crucial and there is A LOT! But more important is setting that vision for the team, for the community, for our Regulars and communicating our changes as thoroughly as possible. It’s doing things right but also doing the right thing.
When you’re not working hard, what do you do on your spare time?
Jenifer: Spend time with family and friends, we typically explore new places and try new things. With the snow this season and COVID we enjoyed our forced time at home too like snow shoeing, and hot tubing in the snow. To relax and rest, I will binge watch shows for as long as possible. Ha!
If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
Have enough capital so that you can make many mistakes and not feel strapped for cash. Shadow or do the work in a similar environment ahead of time (experience), gain the support of your staff and customers by treating them with respect, kindness, and from a place of curiosity vs. blame. At least that’s worked for us thus far!