Locally-owned & independent EPIC Coffee Shoppe in Kettering is now open

A locally owned, independent coffee shop opened to the public on Monday, July 16, according to a Facebook post on the shop’s page.

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The new business, at 22 W. Stroop Road, is located near one of the busiest intersections in Kettering.

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You can find the new coffee shop in the Castle Hills retail center across from Town & Country Shopping Center. The space on the western end-cap of the Castle Hills center previously housed Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops, which now operates at the 2nd Street Market in Dayton.

Owners Laura Gorham and Brian Ernst said they had hoped progress toward opening would have been swifter, but, “in speaking with fellow coffee shop owners, it’s fairly normal for a coffee shop build-out to take a considerable amount time, with some unforeseen delays.”


In addition to offering coffee, EPIC Coffee Shoppe will offer organic tea, ice cream, cafe menu items, and bakery and pastry items, the store’s owners said.

Ernst and Gorham, who live in Kettering, told this outlet in September that they are transitioning from other careers — Ernst in interior design, Gorham in teaching — to launch the coffee shop together.

One of EPIC Coffee’s signature offerings will be “Affogato” — an Italian-style coffee drink consisting of a scoop of ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso, Ernst said.

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The founders are still working out the shop’s hours and other details, but plans call for opening at 7 a.m. six days a week, Ernst and Gorham have said. The shop will seat 12 to 15 on a patio, and about 40 inside.

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