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Open Door Coffeehouse to move to new Mayville location

January 31, 2019

MAYVILLE -- Open Door Coffeehouse will soon have new doors to open.

The operations at 119 S. Main St. will soon move across the street into a larger space at 20 S. Main St. The concept of Open Door, which started in 2015, is to provide mentoring and life skills development programs to community members. Profits from the coffeehouse help pay for the programming alongside grants and donations. Amber Schraufnagel is the president of Open Door.

“We’re very limited as afar as what we can for the coffee house aspect because that’s all that we have back there, it’s just a counter and not very much space. For our programs, sometimes we have 30 people or more in this room, which is probably not even legal anymore,” Schraufnagel said. “We’ve outgrown this space. In order to provide effective programs, we just need more space and more space that’s customized to what we need.”

So Open Door will renovate the space across the street.

The price tag will be upwards of $250,000. The Mayville Common Council signed off on supporting Open Door’s application for a grant through the public-private Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to help cover up to 25 percent of the cost.

Schraufnagel said Open Door will not depend on receiving the grant to make the renovations happen.

The rest of the money will come from historic tax credits for 20 percent of the costs, as the renovations will stay true to the building’s history, alongside other grants, donations and local bank financing.

Open Door will close on buying the old appliance store Friday and work on demolition inside through February.

The first phase will be getting the coffee shop running on the first floor, followed by putting in an elevator, then working on the second floor, with renovations finished by the end of the summer. Schraufnagel said the hope is that the old location will not need to be closed for more than a few days. The plan is to rent out the second floor to raise more money.

Eventually, Open Door is looking towards opening a home where at-risk young adults can live for a one-year mentoring program.

20 S. Main St. was the home of Lloyd’s Appliance for 44 years. That business closed in the past month. Before that, it was the May Theater and a lumber store.

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