Kyle Adamson always has had a passion for music, particularly Christian music.
As a drummer in his church’s band, Adamson shares his music with parishioners who find their way to services each week.
But he soon came to realize, however, that few venues exist on the southside where Christian groups can play outside the confines of a church.
Adamson set out to change that.
After a lot of planning and marketing research, Adamson began working with builders and architects to find the perfect location for his business venture. He found it on the northwest side of Johnson County.
His Place, a coffee house and ice cream parlor, welcomed its first customers six weeks ago.
Adamson set out to build a place that was family friendly. An ice cream parlor, reminiscent of the old ice cream soda shops, makes up a large portion of the front counter. Specialty coffees can be ordered to taste. Fresh cinnamon rolls line the counter.
He said he wanted his coffee house to be more than just a good cup of coffee and ice cream. He also felt it was a way to promote quality Christian music.
“The whole thing started by trying to find a unique place for Christian groups to play,” he said. “There just wasn’t anywhere for them to go.”
Adamson’s stepdaughter, Samantha Okey, manages His Place, located just off Fairview Road near State Road 37. One aspect she especially enjoys about the new enterprise is the ability to make connections with the regulars who stop by each day on their way to work.
Already, she said, she can call many of the customers by name, which is not always easy with larger establishments.
“I think it has a very personal touch to it,” she said.
Opening a new business, especially in today’s economy, is a challenge, Adamson said. Finding a niche is the most important element in establishing a new business, he said.
“Do the research. It is so critical,” Adamson said. “Look for that perfect location; and above all, research, research, research.”
This is the first time Adamson has owned a business. He still works full time as a pharmaceutical sales representative but spends many hours at the coffee house.
Christian-based bands are booked every Friday and Saturday night.
Working with local churches, Adamson hopes to offer a place where performers can come to play the music they love and others can simply relax with a cup of coffee.
Carol Edwards is retired after a 30-year career teaching elementary school students at at Greenwood schools.