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Electric Brew wins Business of the Year award for role in downtown Goshen's revitalization

GOSHEN — Local coffee shop the Electric Brew received statewide recognition for its influence in the revitalization of downtown Goshen.

Owners Myron and Dana Bontrager accepted the award during a ceremony at the Statehouse Monday. The Electric Brew’s award was one of seven received by local organizations and businesses through the Indiana Main Street program, which is run by the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs.

“I felt proud and humbled at the same time because I know this is not about the Electric Brew,” Myron Bontrager said. “It’s about the community really working together. I’m proud of my staff, my family, we’ve all worked together on this. It’s been a team effort.”

The coffee shop’s award, Business of the Year, is presented to owners and employees of an Indiana Main Street business who have led their communities’ revitalization efforts through innovative business or marketing strategies, according to OCRA.

Downtown Goshen Inc., the organization that nominated the business, said in its nomination that the Electric Brew has become a place to see neighbors and friends, gather for meetings, and support local musicians, among other activities. 

“When you walk in the door of the spacious, yet intimate cafe, it feels like coming home,” the nomination read. “People from all walks of life frequent the Brew. You’re as likely to see business leaders brokering major deals, freelancers working on a creative project, stay-at-home-parents enjoying a much-needed social outing, college and high-school students studying — all co-mingling in the same space.”

The Electric Brew has operated out of downtown Goshen for nearly 20 years now. In 2007, Bontrager purchased it from Tony Kauffman and Brenda Hostetler, who started the business.

Earlier this year the Electric Brew opened a new location in downtown Elkhart, where the old Daily Grind was located. Bontrager’s son, Chris, is the owner of Elkhart’s Electric Brew.

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