Open for business: The local coffee empire is growing for the Washington native

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EUREKA, Ill. (WMBD) — While most 22-year-olds are still trying to figure out their lives, Emily Hartter is hatching her next business plan.

“We are here to create space, to create beverages to serve our community, and as long as God gives us the grace to do so, we will continue to do so,” she said.

Hartter is the proud owner of Faire Coffee and she has continued to grow her coffee empire since 2018. What started as a mobile coffee camper has now expanded to three brick and mortar locations in Peoria, Washington and, most recently at Eureka.

“When I started mobile, I never intended to have stores. I never even intended to have employees,” Hartter said. “I thought this would be just me and the camper. But obviously God had different plans and we just keep growing.

But that growth came to a halt in the summer of 2020, when Hartter’s mobile camper crashed.

She said: “I was really ready to hang up the towel and say, ‘It’s been a good chapter, but let’s get this over with. “”

Six weeks later Hartter and his team have rebuilt. They were able to complete their mobile season using a van and cart. Hartter turned what could have been a tragic moment into a mission.

“It was a devastating experience but God definitely used it for good and we were encouraged to keep going and the community was really supportive as well.”

Emily Hartter

“That’s when we really realized, like it’s not just about me anymore. It’s not just about coffee. It’s about community and culture and to serve our community and how can we do more,” said Hartter.

With 27 employees across its three cafes, Hartter is taking on more of a leadership role. She said she can’t wait to see what the future holds.

“People ask me, ‘What’s your plan? Did you foresee this? And honestly, I never know what’s going to happen. It is largely God’s business entrusted to me and so we take it as he gives it to us,” she said.

Make Coffee is located at 5201 W. War Memorial Dr., Suite 530 in Peoria, 101 N. Main St. in Washington, and 128 N. Main St. in Eureka.

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