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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

(L-R) Kila, Amy, Kevin, and Zoe Feller of Jessie Street Java. Photo by Peggi Redalen

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a modern coolness, the business has the town brewing with excitement following nine months of extensive renovations that kept the windows covered and the public guessing.

The café didn’t formally announce their opening, opting instead for a subtle, early morning flickering of the new ‘open sign’ this past Monday, April 14. “We didn’t want a rush. We don’t want to give our customers poor service or quality,” noted owner Amy Feller. Neither must be lacking, as the place was brimming with enthusiastic customers its first week.

The café’s beginnings go back more than 18 months, to a unique calling of the Feller family. “We feel called to have this as a youth outreach,” adds Amy. “We have two teenage daughters and there’s not a niche in town for that demographic to hang out.”

Originally, the plan was for a kiosk located at an established site in town. Embarking on their independent studies of traffic flow, exit/entry, and location, the Fellers discovered all the recommended sites were unsuitable choices. Last year, driving past the building, the family was struck by the idea of the contract for deed sale, a low risk option. With plan in hand, the family purchased the building in July 2013.

A series of setbacks initially proved daunting, but eventually came to represent an even greater opportunity. Just one month after purchasing the building, the tenant of the upstairs apartment notified them of their plans to move out, a move that would drastically cut the income generated by the building. “Looking back, it was totally on God’s timing,” enthuses Amy. “If we hadn’t had the tenant leave, we couldn’t have renovated the apartment space. We would have generated only half the income.” Fully renovating the upstairs, the Fellers designed two, modern apartments, one two-bedroom and one-three bedroom, both of which were quickly leased. “More and more was revealed to us the deeper we got into the project. We were comfortable with it. It seemed like the right thing to do.”

The weather also set the project launch date further and further back. Painting the bland exterior a dramatic brown and blue, in the dark and at 34 degre .....
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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as e ..... 
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria - an experience of Taste - to be held May 17 in Rushford

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — The 4th Annual ExpoCulinaria will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 5-9 p.m. Exciting improvements have been made to tantalize ExpoCulinaria guests’ taste buds. This year everyone will watch and sample as a professional culinary ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 20 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School - Quarter 3 A/B Honor Roll

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Grade 8: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Mackenzie Eide, Michael Ekern, Olivia Hoff, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Gabriel Mierau, Matthew Strapp Grade 7: Cora Bauer, Ka ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll: 3rd Quarter

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll 2013-2014 Grade 9 Ashley Agrimson, Halle Bauer, Bailey Bestul, Brooke Bestul, Noah Carlson, Neil Courrier, Mikayla Crawford, Nell Himlie, Haley Johnson, Spencer Majerus, Katie Mensing, Sarah Mensing, Aaron Munson, Ellen Nelson, Logan ..... 
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