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Meet Brooke Davey of Will & Co. Cafe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Davey.

Brooke, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My husband and I met in our senior year of high school. He had been cooking with his family in their restaurants since the age of 12 and I had been working in the front of the house of breakfast and coffee shops since I was legally allowed to work. Eventually, I ended up working in his families cafe and we started dreaming about opening our own place. Fast forward 13 years and two beautiful daughters later and we were able to fulfill our dreams by opening our own restaurant Will & Co. Cafe.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In some ways, we have had a very smooth road. We have had endless amounts of support. We have a wonderful family that has helped and supported us every step of the way.

Actually, almost our entire staff is made up of family members from both sides. But the cafe has also created this wonderful extended family also know as our customers/regulars. From day one of our doors opened we were welcomed by the community. We haven’t even been open a year and it feels like we have always been here and that our customers are a part of the Will & Co. family.

But no road is perfect and ours has had its share of bumps. In 2013 while Jason and I were working at his parent’s cafe. We lost my husbands younger brother Will. Will was 21 and a member of the Air Force. It devastated the entire family and his parents (Tom and Sharon Bissett) sold their cafe. It took us a long time to find our way again. In November of 2016, we finally decided to pursue our dreams of opening a cafe and signed a lease and started the construction on our cafe. On December 23, 2016, we lost Jason’s mother to a massive heart attack with no warning what so ever. Honestly, at this point, we were so lost… At this point working on the cafe was a way to keep our hearts and minds busy.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Will & Co. Cafe – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Will & Co. Cafe is a place for family. Whether you are a family member working here, or bring your family in to eat, or come here so much you are now considered part of the family! With a family like ours you have a lot of personalities and with that, we all specialize in something. Brooke has a love for all things coffee and healthy. I have spent months researching the best coffee and finding fair trade organic coffees that taste amazing! We have organic drip coffee, organic flavored coffee, organic Nitro, and organic cold brew.

All served in compostable Green togo containers! Jason loves to cook. He can pretty much make anything taste incredible. Brooke usually throws ideas at him and he takes the food to the next level. Whether it be making Red Flannel hash from scratch or creating the most delicious fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Tom Bissett (Jason’s dad) is also in the kitchen right next to his son! Then we have Karen Davey (Brooke’s mom) who has the creative flair. She designs all our shirts which are sparkly and amazing. She is also in charge of all photography.

Our goal if we had to pick one is to serve balanced food in a family atmosphere and try to keep it as green as possible.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We have so many plans! We are on the beginning of our journey and have so many ideas to follow still. Just this week we added organic Kombucha and organic Tea on Tap. With so much more to come.

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Image Credit:
Karen Davey

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