Fill My Cup is overflowing with community service, satisfaction

ANNA – Three area residents have merged their passions to launch Fill My Cup Café in Anna in a bid to give back to the community that so fervently supported their grand opening.

It all started when Linda Glessner, Rita Baumer and Samantha Brunson met in 2019. Glessner bought the building that once housed a florist at the time with the aim of turning it into a cafe after seeing the need for such a business to Anna. She is a lifelong resident of Anna and previously worked at US Bank.

Baumer is from Botkins and is the owner of the business. She started working in restaurants at age 15 and has worked for Kinninger Family Restaurant and L&K Restaurant in Botkins and Chalet Restaurant in Wapakoneta with Hubbard Feeds in Botkins and Lowe’s in Wapakoneta. She also brings baking experience to the shop as she grew up baking with her grandmother.

“Cooking for family, co-workers and others is a joy. Bringing that to the cafe is something that puts me in my element,” Baumer said.

Brunson is from Waynesfield and is the managing barista. She was trained in making drinks as a head barista at a church-owned cafe in 2018.

The name “Fill My Cup” refers to the experience customers will receive when they visit the store and the ways the owners have decided to give back to the community.

“Not only can a customer expect to receive a cup of coffee, but also the atmosphere, the conversation, the food, the overall experience is meant to put a person in their ‘happy place’. We have adopted a state of spirit of going the extra mile and using the phrase “and then some” in our daily customers with smiles, a pleasant atmosphere, great drinks and food…and more!” Baumer said in an email.

When visiting the store, customers can choose from a wide menu of beverages – including coffee using beans from Old Hatch Roastery in Celina, fruit smoothies, hot chocolate and tea from Teapigs – as well as a growing number of food options – including salads, sandwiches, parfaits and other homemade pastries and treats. They can then either enjoy the outdoors with a fenced-in backyard, patio and fountain, or stay indoors with welcoming decor and a fireplace.

“We have fun experimenting with recipes and deciding which items can meet a standard that we want our customers to savor and enjoy. As the holidays approach, we will be taking orders for cheeseballs in particular,” Baumer said of the menu.

The shop has become an integral part of the community through programs like Coffee with the Chief with Anna Police Chief Darrin Goudy – the first of which was on September 24 – and Pancakes on the Patio on October 1, who threw their cup. of the Care campaign. The Cup of Care campaign will be “a monthly manifestation of care for a local family or individual in a serious situation or crisis requiring financial assistance”. 100% of the funds raised will be donated, according to the coffee shop’s Facebook.

The October recipient will be Ashley Holthaus, 37, an Anna resident with end-stage kidney disease awaiting a kidney transplant. She has volunteered with the Anna Rescue Squad for nearly 20 years, and she is a community relations officer at the Women’s Center of Ohio in Sidney and a development officer at Elizabeth New Life Center Ministry, according to the cafe’s Facebook.

“There is something to be said for a community that can come together to raise a family or an individual during an unforeseen crisis. Fill My Cup was created with the idea that our cup would overflow for the community around us,” a Facebook post said.

Currently the cafe’s opening hours are Monday-Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm with plans to start opening at 7:00am eventually.

“We officially opened our doors on August 18; every day since then has been a “grand opening!” “Each day begins with prayer and we are excited to see where each day takes us,” Baumer said.

Fill My Cup is located at 308 W. Main St. in Anna. For more information, visit the Fill My Cup Facebook page.

The storefront of the Fill My Cup cafe, located at 308 W. Main St. in Anna.

Contact the writer at 937-538-4824.

Norma P. Rex