Lately, it seems like the new generation of young Cincinnati entrepreneurs has been setting up shop in Northern Kentucky. Kory Quitter, owner of Flow Koffee and Kombucha, which is slated to open by the end of the month, is no different.
For Quitter, everything has seemed to fall into place during the months when life for everyone else seemed to be falling apart. Quitter attributes his inspiration for Flow to two back-to-back experiences that left him with no choice but to go full steam ahead.
At the end of May, he met the owners of two local small-businesses: Anna Steffen of The Native One and the brother trio that owns Jet Age Records on historic Monmouth Street. He left both experiences motivated to find a space, to be his own boss, and have a job that he could have fun with. He found his commercial space on West 10th Street in Newport and has spent the last few weeks and months making it his own with the help of local muralists.
Flow will have a full coffee menu complete with beans from Coffee Emporium and pastries from Rose & Mary Bakery. But Quitter is most excited to introduce Cincinnati to the world of kombucha, which will be on tap, courtesy of Skinny Piggy.
“We are just starting to scratch the surface of people who know and love kombucha, but there are so many amazing health benefits,” Quitter says. He plans to have a full-spectrum CBD option as an add-on to drinks and, in the future, hopes to build out the menu with some of his own stuff.
Bringing his shop to life has been all hands on deck. By a stroke of luck, tables and chairs were practically placed in his lap for $5 a piece and a cup of coffee. Local artists and friends have helped with the two murals at the shop, and a friend from Quitter’s time as a student at University of Cincinnati’s DAAP collaborated with him on the logo.
Inside the shop, expect a cozy space with records to play and purchase, art for sale, and, one day, long, communal tables that encourage people to hang out and get to know one another.
Quitter is also partnering with a local non-profit Mentoring Plus, which works with Newport youth on life-readiness skills, counseling and relationship building, and substance abuse education. He will be donating 10 percent of all Flow’s proceeds to the organization.
Flow Koffee and Kombucha, 121 W. 10th St., Newport