Coffee shop with a mission


Tracy and Ken Block, part owners of CYM Coffee Co., sit on the front porch of the coffee house.

DESIREE FARNUM/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.

Sister Hazel's lead singer, Ken Block, and his childhood friends have teamed up to open a coffeehouse after two years of running motivational workshops under their brand “Cymplify.”

Facts

GRAND OPENING

What: Grand opening of CYM Coffee Co.: food vendors, cooking demonstrations, “kid zone,” and a performance by two members of Sister Hazel.
When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday.
Where: 5402 NW 8th Ave.
Information: Call 352-224-5101.

The concept for the business came from the Sister Hazel song, “Change Your Mind,” which is shortened to CYM in the brand name and in the coffee shop name “CYM Coffee Co,”

which opened in late April and will have a grand opening event this Saturday.

Inside the shop, located near the point where NW 8th Avenue dead-ends into Newberry Road, there is a lounge with couches, dining areas with tables and a section with Cymplify merchandise.

“It's a coffeehouse, where we also happen to develop the workshops for professional and personal growth,” Block said.

The idea for the workshops developed after a brainstorming session on how to combine the group's talents to create “the perfect weekend,” Block said. They decided to start motivational workshops in 2010 lasting one to three days. During these events, attendees mapped out their life goals.

One friend, Brad Neal, had always wanted a coffee shop. When the business space opened up at 5402 NW 8th Ave., the friends decided to take it over, merging Neal's idea with the Cymplify business to create CYM Coffee Co.

The friends and partners in CYM — Brad and his brother, Dave Neal, Ken and his wife, Tracy Block, and Joel Cobden — refer to the whole building as Cymplify Central since it also serves as a headquarters for workshop planning and brainstorm sessions.

“We like this old Florida feel,” Neal said of the building, “because it's just a message to slow down.”

— Desiree Farnum

Florida Citizens

Florida Citizens Bank broke ground recently at its new location on the southeast corner of SW 34th Street and 35th Place, across from the Kangaroo gas station.

The new location is set to open in October or November and will replace the location in Butler Plaza in front of Walmart.

Carl Walls, bank president, said there were complaints from customers that the location in Butler Plaza would get too busy for easy and quick access. He said that should not be a problem at the new location, since it will be a stand-alone branch that is not near other large businesses.

Florida Citizens has nine locations in Alachua and Marion counties.

The cost of the new 2,500-square-foot bank will be around $610,000, according to Walls. He said that the new location will save money once the bank moves.

Currently, the bank rents space for the location in Butler Plaza.

— Hannah Winston

Desiree Farnum and Hannah Winston are Gainesville Sun correspondents.

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