Dustin Kinsey and Thomas Pettus-Czar have been talking about opening a bar and coffeeshop ever since they began working together at The Bourgeois Pig, a much loved bar in Lawrence, Kansas. It was at “The Pig” where Thomas, who worked as a barista and bartender, and Dustin, who bartended and managed for nearly a decade, began to appreciate the nuances of the bar and coffee businesses. It became apparent to them that where they worked was much more than just a place to get a coffee or grab a beer: it was a community. It was the kind of place where folks could come to relax, enjoy the company of friends, learn from one another, and share stories. This is the kind of place that Thomas and Dustin opened in Downtown Eugene in 2012—a bar and coffeeshop called THE BARN LIGHT. Mark Sheppard joined the ownership team in 2014 and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in coffee and management from his time at Stable Cafe and Blue Fog Market in San Francisco and Stumptown Coffee in Portland.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BARN LIGHT:
As a bar, The Barn Light aims to be a downtown staple and destination for young professionals, graduate students, professors, and businessmen and women who appreciate good coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails. This establishment is a more sophisticated and comfortable alternative to the casual sports bars and undergraduate bars.
As a coffee shop, The Barn Light will strive to be the best specialty coffee business in town, where one can get an excellent cup of coffee anytime, day or night. The location of the business will prove convenient for downtown business employees. It is apparent that there is a very high demand for a place where one can hunker down—as a place to work, relax, and meet others—over a cup of coffee, or a pint of beer.
Simply, the goal and driving philosophy is to make available the elements of craft coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails without offending either the sensibilities or pocketbooks of the customer base, all the while providing a true café experience where meaningful social interaction and good conversation thrives.
The Barn Light is a place where one can work or escape from work, where one can be left with one’s own thoughts or share those thoughts with friends—it is the perfect place to start your day, spend your day, and raise a toast to the end of the day.