At the onset of the pandemic and during the year that followed, Precision Pours at 1030 East South Boulder Road in Louisville found itself relying on the support of its community to cope. Now the mom-and-pop boutique is turning the tables and offering support to neighbors who recently lost their homes to the Boulder County fires.
Brice Young owns and operates the store with his wife, Amy Newman. The two have been life partners for thirteen years and in business for seven years, slowly growing from a mobile coffee bar to a 360-square-foot cafe with a micro-bakery – and adding four children to the ongoing mix. road.
When Young dropped out of medical school in 2012, he had no plans to open a cafe. The Boulder native was living in Kansas City at the time and was struggling to find work in a hospital without a degree. Because he had an entrepreneurial spirit and experience in the cafe, he figured he had enough knowledge to open his own shop. So when he got back to Boulder, that’s exactly what he did.
Like so many small business owners, Young and Newman were forced to pivot when the pandemic struck in March 2020. Newman’s pandemic hobby brought fresh bread to the cafe, while Young tapped into his scientific mind to master pastries with unique flavors. , such as ube croissants, white chocolate and pink berry cruffins and brioche. Precision Pours even won the Best of Boulder East award for a small bakery in 2021. The options change daily, and because the couple can only make what their little oven can hold – about fifty to seventy pastries per. day – quantities are limited and often sold.
“At the start of the pandemic, we lost 40% of our customer base,” Young recalls, “but we eventually saw a revitalization of new customers coming to support us. Now, with the events of the past week, we support them more than ever.
400 homes within a mile of the Precision Pours downtown location in Louisville were lost. Young’s house is only two miles away, which was a nerve-racking evening on December 30. “I worried about the store with every gust of wind. It was always behind my head that it could burn, ”he said.
Although the family home and store survived, many of their neighbors lost their homes and businesses. Due to the proximity and the direct impact on their community, Young and Newman decided to offer their second home – the boutique – as a place of rest and renewal.
In addition to providing those affected by the fires with a free coffee or homemade pastry when they visited, they used the Precision Pours Instagram account to alert followers of resources available to victims and to promote fundraisers for the people. in need. “We’re really trying to intervene at bat, to give them some kind of normalcy,” Young notes.
The couple set aside a modest budget for the program, which just over a week later is nearly sold out. Thanks to the generosity of several monetary donations from community members and a loose coffee donation from Huckleberry, they were able to extend it for the time being. Precision Pours also accepts donations through Venmo (@precisionpours). However, Young is starting to notice a disturbing ripple effect: With 5 to 10 percent of Precision Pours’ customer base displaced, the company has taken a noticeable hit.
The husband and wife team are still struggling, but Young is worried about the future of their small store. Currently hours are limited; the shop has been closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the start of the pandemic for cleaning reasons. Every other day of the week you can find Young and Newman throwing coffee and baked goods from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. while trying to bring a sense of community to the place they call home- self.