PITTSBURG — Signet Coffee Roasters opened the doors at its new location Monday, but took time Friday to make official what has been in the works since April.
The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Signet Friday morning, and Signet staff, customers and community members took the opportunity to celebrate the renovation of a downtown Pittsburg building.
Signet opened in Pittsburg in 2011 at 206 South Broadway and announced earlier this year that they were moving — just two blocks north — to 109 North Broadway. Owners and Roasters Leah and Dennis Posterick purchased the former Steffen Michael’s Florals building in April. It was crumbling and needed to be completely renovated. So the Postericks went to work.
“There was someone working in here 24/7 for the last six months,” Leah Posterick said. “We couldn’t have done this without all the help.”
She also said they could not have done it without the support of the City of Pittsburg. Midway through renovation, the Postericks had a gap in funding needed to complete the remodel. They applied for funding from the Economic Development Advisory Committee, through the city’s revolving loan fund, and were approved.
“The Postericks are a shining example for what a small business needs to do to be successful,” Assistant City Manager Jay Byers said. “It is a lot of work, but they took a building that was on its way to being torn down and made it a warm, beautiful place for our community.”
Redeveloping a piece of downtown made sense for Leah Posterick. She was the first chairperson of the city’s Downtown Advisory Board and still serves on the board today.
“Both Leah and Dennis really have a passion for downtown and the community,” Byers said. “And they’ve really translated that into this place.”
Signet is officially open for business at the new location and plans to keep serving fresh, roasted coffee.
“When we started six years ago, we had no idea what this would be or if people wanted really fresh, roasted coffee,” Leah Posterick said. “What we found is that we don’t have customers, we have friends and family.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.