Greyhouse Update: Hope in a Hard Season

The predominant narrative among local, small businesses is unsurprising: it’s been a hard year. Greyhouse Coffee was not exempt from the challenges of COVID-19. Proactive measures to keep customers safe meant limiting the menu and fulfilling to-go orders only. We saw a significant decline in sales, as Purdue lost most of its population from March through August, requiring Greyhouse to lay off most of its staff.

It’s been a hard year.

However, this season has also provided yet another opportunity to trust God–for wisdom and business acumen, financial provision, employee health, and ways to keep living out the mission of demonstrating extraordinary love and hospitality. We know that, much of the time, He uses His people to bring about His good plans.

So, in March we asked for your help at one of our lowest points, and you came through.

The Lord used your gracious donations and purchases of coffee to help Greyhouse continue serving the community with precautions from the corner of State and Northwestern. While many restrictions and limitations are still in place, Ali Wisthuff, Greyhouse’s General Manager, said recently, “Especially right now, a friendly smile (if only with our eyes) seems to be a light in the community. We’re happy to be a place where people can safely gather and be in relationship.”

With students’ return to campus this fall, we seem to be past the worst of the economic downturn. The Greyhouse management team was delighted to invite baristas back to work, as well as hire an additional 25 new employees this semester.

A New Partnership in Downtown Lafayette

In a “beyond all we could ask or imagine” kind of way, God opened the door on another opportunity for Greyhouse in the midst of this difficult season. We’re excited to partner with Downtown Lafayette’s newest restaurant, Ripple & Company, to open a specialty coffee bar inside the restaurant! Ripple & Co. is currently under construction and scheduled to open in October.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with a like-minded team that values community, high-quality food and drinks, and exceptional hospitality.”
– Ali Wisthuff, Greyhouse General Manager

Come Alongside Greyhouse

Below are some ways you can help keep Greyhouse serving the Purdue community. Your continued support in this season is deeply appreciated!

Place online orders for pick-up using the Toast TakeOut app. (We retired the Greyhouse app this summer.)

Purchase coffee, tea, merchandise, and gift cards online at greyhousecoffee.com.

Follow Greyhouse on social media, and share the latest news and posts.

If you’re local, stop by the shop for a cup of coffee and a doughnut.