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New Coffee Culture owner happy with choice to settle in Smiths Falls

Coffee Culture Smiths Falls

By Sabrina Bedford

A popular downtown café has changed hands.

Vipul Shah is the new owner of the Smiths Falls branch of the Coffee Culture franchise, which was previously owned by Maria Christodoulou.

Coffee Culture, a higher-end downtown coffee shop on the corner of Beckwith and Russell Streets, offers specialty coffee, espresso and latte, along with cookies, muffins, deserts and a lunch menu.
It currently employs 14 people, who are all employees from the former owner, who Shah kept on in the transition.

The business, located at 2 Russell St. E., changed hands in December 2014, which is when Shah and his family relocated to the Smiths Falls area.

“I’m from India originally, but before this I was living in Brampton,” said Shah, who added his family and business partners own three other Coffee Culture locations throughout Ontario.

What brought Shah to Smiths Falls was the fact his cousin owned the Pizza Hut in Smiths Falls so a lot of his family was already in the area.

“The location just made sense,” he said.

Shah said he’s excited to get involved with the community – something he said is extremely important to him.

“I’m always willing to help any activities or donations for charities,” said Shah. “I always try to do whatever I can to help.”

The North American franchise opened its doors in Smiths Falls in September 2009, and was welcomed by the community with open arms. It is consistently busy for lunch, and this is something Shah is grateful about.

“People are really good, business is really good,” he said.

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New Coffee Culture owner happy with choice to settle in Smiths Falls

Coffee Culture Smiths Falls

By Sabrina Bedford

A popular downtown café has changed hands.

Vipul Shah is the new owner of the Smiths Falls branch of the Coffee Culture franchise, which was previously owned by Maria Christodoulou.

Coffee Culture, a higher-end downtown coffee shop on the corner of Beckwith and Russell Streets, offers specialty coffee, espresso and latte, along with cookies, muffins, deserts and a lunch menu.
It currently employs 14 people, who are all employees from the former owner, who Shah kept on in the transition.

The business, located at 2 Russell St. E., changed hands in December 2014, which is when Shah and his family relocated to the Smiths Falls area.

“I’m from India originally, but before this I was living in Brampton,” said Shah, who added his family and business partners own three other Coffee Culture locations throughout Ontario.

What brought Shah to Smiths Falls was the fact his cousin owned the Pizza Hut in Smiths Falls so a lot of his family was already in the area.

“The location just made sense,” he said.

Shah said he’s excited to get involved with the community – something he said is extremely important to him.

“I’m always willing to help any activities or donations for charities,” said Shah. “I always try to do whatever I can to help.”

The North American franchise opened its doors in Smiths Falls in September 2009, and was welcomed by the community with open arms. It is consistently busy for lunch, and this is something Shah is grateful about.

“People are really good, business is really good,” he said.

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