In our current food-obsessed era, one expects a delicious snack and expertly brewed coffee at every turn, whether it's at a bike shop, beer store or yoga studio. Here, passionate entrepreneurs who have incorporated their love of coffee into other successful businesses.
After five years in New York, fifth-generation Chicagoan Mike Salvatore knew the time had come to return to the Windy City. Salvatore, his wife, Melissa, and their newborn son, Bennett, returned to the Midwest to open Heritage Bicycles in the Lincoln Park area. Heritage sells vintage-inspired custom bikes hand-crafted in Chicago, making theirs the first completely Chicago-made cycles since Schwinn’s halted production in the city in the 1970s. In addition to paraphernalia like bike racks, helmets and even jewelry made from recycled bike parts, Heritage sells Stumptown coffees, TeaGschwendner’s organic loose-leaf teas, house-made sparkling sodas, and treats like glazed buttermilk doughnuts from the Chicago shop Glazed and Infused. The airy, whitewashed seating area is popular among laptop users and, for added entertainment, café-goers can watch master bike makers building, crafting and repairing in the adjoining garage.