New 'Idle Hour' coffee shop opens in downtown Raleigh
Jimmy Bellew, the owner of Idle Hour Coffee, just recently opened its doors during the pandemic. He said the business is doing well right now because a neighborhood coffee shop is exactly what people need right now. Since everyone is on lock down, coffee and community in your neighborhood is necessary, he said.
BUSINESSES AND FIND OUT HOW THEY NAVIGATE THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME THAT WE'RE IN. THIS MORNING WE'RE JOINED BY JIMMY THE OWNER OF IDLE HOUR. HE JUST OPENED THE DOORS. GOOD MORNING. >> WHAT TYPE OF ADJUSTMENTS DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE WHEN YOU DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE OPENING HOUR DURING THE PANDEMIC? >> OH MAN. THERE WERE THE USUAL DELAYS IN STUFF FOR BUILDING, AND YOU KNOW, THERE WERE THINGS THAT WE HAD TO GO AROUND, BUT I MEAN THEY HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE PRETTY GOOD. I ENDED UP MEETING EVERYBODY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAITING FOR THE DELAYS AND SHIPPING AND GETTING SUPPLIES TO US AND STUFF. IT TURNED OUT TO BE GOOD. I GOT TO MEET THE NEIGHBORHOOD. >> DID YOU HAVE ANY SECOND THOUGHTS? >> OH, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, TO OPEN A BUSINESS DURING THESE TIMES IS, YOU KNOW, A DAUNTING THING FOR SURE. I DON'T KNOW. I FELT CONFIDENT MOVING FOR WARD AFTER MEETING EVERYBODY AND, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE HELP THAT I RECEIVED AND IS STUFF. >> YEAH. >> YOU'RE A NATIVE AND FROM THIS AREA. YOU REALLY HAVE YOUR START IN PHILADELPHIA. WAS IT ALL THAT YOU DREAMED TO OPEN A COFFEE SHOP? >> YEAH, I USED TO WORK IN CENTER CITY IN PHILADELPHIA WITH A LOT OF THE CITY FOLK THERE. IT WAS VERY RUSH RUSH. I ALWAYS MANAGED AND FANTASIZED OF HAVING A NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE SHOP AND A DIFFERENT PASS. YEAH, I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO FOR SURE. >> AND YOU HAVE ONLY BEEN OPENED TWO OR THREE WEEKS, HOW ARE THINGS GOING RIGHT NOW? >> IT'S GOING GREAT. A NEIGHBORHOOD SHOP IS, YOU KNOW, THE RIGHT THING RIGHT NOW. SINCE EVERYBODY IS ON LOCKDOWN AND YOU KNOW EVERYONE IS AT HOME, TO BE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF HOMES, IT'S BEEN A GOOD THING. >> AS THE STATE CONTINUES TO EASE THE RESTRICTIONS, WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AS YOU LOOK FORWARD IN TO THE FUTURE? >> I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL, YOU KNOW, CORONAVIRUS IS DONE, AND I GUESS RESTRICTIONS GO. I JUST WANT TO SEE MORE PEOPLE AND MEET MORE PEOPLE. I WANT TO KEEP ADVANCING THE COFFEE SHOP, AND YEAH, OUR BRACTS AND STUFF. >> WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON THE PROCESS, JIMMY DURING THE PANDEMIC YOU OPENED A COFFEE SHOP. WHAT DID THAT TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF? >> I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD BE IN THIS POSITION. IT'S PRETTY WONDERFUL. >> JIMMY, THE COFFEE SHOP IS CALLED IDLE HOUR. ALL THE BEST TO YOU. >> THANKS, KEN. THANK YOU.