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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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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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Local communities rally around girl

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Alysta King is, by essence, a joy to be around. The Rushford 10-year old and 4th-grader at Houston Elementary is known for her big smile and bubbly attitude, so it’s no wonder that she’s often surrounded by family and friends. “She has been an ..... 
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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to ..... 
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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items t ..... 
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Jim Hoiness honored as Minnesota’s Outstanding Grocer of the Year

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

There are 1,100 stores affiliated with the Minnesota Grocer’s Association (MGA) with more than 200 retail members and more than 100 distributors and manufacturers. Still, few may have been surprised at Rush Foods, Inc. co-owner Jim Hoiness’ rece ..... 
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Minnesota author releases book with strong ties to Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner Author Larry Preston is a home-grown Minnesotan. Growing up Larry was an avid fan of the Polaris Professional Racing Team, who says his family always had Polaris machines around “to make Minnesota winters more enjoyable.” It ..... 
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The Place to be Seen in 2013: Rushford Days

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

By Sara Pecinovsky It’s already July, Independence Day has come and gone quickly, but don’t fret! There is still more summer left to relish the festivities in Southeast Minnesota. The city of Rushford, Minn. has been preparing for another fun a ..... 
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State Farm Ribbon Cutting

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Shown above at the June 7 Ribbon Cutting for the new State Farm Agent Micah Hanson are: Back Row: RACC Treasurer, Jim Roberton, State Farm Employee, Terri Benson, RACC Board Members Gary Marcoux, Jordan Brand. Front Row: RACC Secretary Peggi Redalen, ..... 
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