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Bean Haus Opens New Location at Friendly Market

Tim Eversole, owner of the Bean Haus Bakery and Café, officially opened his location in the Friendly Market just off the Mt. Zion exit behind Kroger on Sunday. Eversole’s other location, in Findlay Market in Cincinnati, is still open and running also.
 
“We had a soft opening to get the store up and running, but Sunday was our big day,” said Eversole, of Covington. “I had been doing Farmer’s Markets all over Northern Kentucky, and I wanted a Kentucky location because that was where I started. So I scheduled events for Sunday to give people a reason to come out and sample what we offer here.”
 
From 11 a.m. to noon Artie Kidwell, a renowned magician who owns a magic store in Mainstrasse Village, performed illusions for the customers who had stopped in for lunch or just a cup oftheir famous coffee.
 
Eversole (left) and Kidwell
 
“I have known Tim for quite a while, when he had a store in Mainstrasse,” Kidwell commented. “I think this is an absolute gas. Tim has shown himself to be very smart as a
businessman. I have always loved his selection of coffees and teas.”
 
At noon the four man group known as the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood serenaded the customers with their a capella renditions of old favorites.
 
“We ran specials all day long,” said Eversole. “This Friendly Market is a great place. We have nine vendors here currently who all offer specialties for customers. We have a large seating area, too.”
 
Florence Mayor Diane Whalen and her grandson Bradlee watch Kidwell perform a trick
 
Eversole, a self­professed computer geek, thought starting a coffee shop was something he and his wife Christine would like to do. They opened their first store in Mainstrasse in 2006, and then opened the one in Findlay Market in 2008. The economy took a downturn in 2009, forcing the Eversoles to close their Mainstrasse location. They had been looking for another Kentucky location until they found the Friendly Market.
 
“There were a lot of great coffee shops, but we wanted to offer more,” explained Eversole. “We bake all our own bread, and do specialty orders, too. We have a café and a bakery to add to our coffee. We are a market driven company.”
 
Eversole believes this is the right location for his bean based business. Mayor Diane Whalen visited on opening day.
 
The Brotherhood Singers
 
“I think this is a hidden treasure,” Whalen said. “It is our own version of Findlay Market, on a smaller scale. You get fresh food, fresh fish­­­, it is all here. It is Kentucky Proud.”
 
Eversole was in his element Sunday, taking care of customers and visiting with friends.
 
“I believe everything is relationship, relationship, relationship,” said Eversole. “I worked with Diane at the airport, and I also worked with Rick Jennings in the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood. We like to spread the word. It is what we are here for. It is who we are.”
 
Eversole has great plans for his store. He has already instituted special activities for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: ­­­­euchre for Tuesday, poetry for Wednesday, and
scrabble for Thursday. He collaborates with Afishionados, one of the other vendors in the market, to serve fresh fish at his place, and he makes his own chicken salad. One of the favorite meal is meatloaf, and there are other favorites as well.
 
“We have a full menu,” Eversole stated. “Our acorn squash and wild rice are very popular. We have very hearty fare. No one walks away hungry.”
 
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Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor