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Common Spirits could open as Goshen cocktail bar by year-end

Jami and Ryan Hawkins want to make the mix even more interesting in downtown Goshen.

The couple is making plans to open a cocktail bar and is starting to build momentum with websites and social media about Common Spirits.

“There’s a buzz already,” said Jami, co-owner of L.O.L. Health & Fitness Studio and a bartender at Venturi, the Neapolitan pizzeria in Goshen.

The focus will be on libations, not food. “I have a bazillion cocktail ideas I’m bursting to do,” she said.

Downtown Goshen has a non-smoking bar that stays open late (Constant Spring) and one that doesn’t stay open late (Kelly Jae’s Next Door). Goshen Brewing Co. is likely to open this spring. The Hawkinses believe there’s more capacity.

“I think there’s a need for another bar downtown,” Jami said.

The couple, both 30 years old, are already thinking about how they’d offer specials around events such as shows at Ignition Garage or First Fridays. They want to form partnerships with other downtown businesses.

Ryan, an IT specialist with a Kalamazoo company, added, “Our friends are looking for a place to go that’s different.”

They want a vibe similar to Oak & Alley in Warsaw. They want to offer drinks at reasonable prices and hope to have interesting but simple food such as breads and charcuterie.

“We love Goshen so much. We’re both pretty passionate about downtown,” Jami said.

The Hawkinses are working on opening near Main Street, but don’t have a deal finalized. They are aiming to open later this year as a place that’s open from 4 p.m. until late. Sunday brunch is a possibility, as well.

They’ve secured the name Common Spirits on Facebook and other Internet realms. They also have merchandise for purchase at an online store.

Those who found it early have had a common response. “People are excited,” she said.

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