Imagine a coffee shop seconds from your home where you can enjoy a view of your community lake as you drink your morning cup while chatting with neighbors. No waiting in a long drive-thru line, and no need to get in your car either!
This is what we’re wanting to create a Bluedress Farm. A coffee shop situated near the lake so you can enjoy the view and conversations. It’s that simple.
The purpose of the coffee shop and farm store is to provide another area for folks to engage with one another and provide an outlet for farm-grown food to the public. This is about as commercial as we get with the entire project and, at the recommendation of county planning staff, it’s the sole reason for TND zoning. However, there is not anticipation of heavy public traffic, nor will infrastructure accommodate that.
The idea is that residents in the community and surrounding neighborhoods will be able to walk to a coffee shop and enjoy a cup with a friend. Perhaps they’ll pick up a dozen eggs or fresh vegetables and greens while there. There will need to be other accompanying food and drink items available as you would normally find in a coffee shop or café. Residents within the community would likely have access around the clock, with public hours limited.
This is not intended to be a Starbucks, QuikTrip or Panera Bread. It’s simply a place for friends and neighbors to purchase farm fresh foods, or gather to share a snack or light meal, lakeside. Any goods sold beyond farm produced items will be focused on local food and crafts. For example, honey from a local beekeeper, or rocking chairs from a local wood worker. We’re still working through the legal structure of ownership, but the plan is for the Property Owners Association (POA) to control this area, just as they will the rest of the common areas, so as to ensure the use meets the needs of the community.