Coppa, located next to the Federal Building in Juneau, Alaska, opened in 2013 and has already created quite a buzz in the Juneau community. Featured in Capital City Weekly, Juneau Empire, and KTOO as a new and exciting business that offers quality artisanal ice cream, coffee and pastries, they have lived up to the hype! Recently, Coppa has even won the 2014 AEDC Pitch-On-A-Train statewide event.
Owners Marc Wheeler and Jessica Paris created Coppa with a mission to make people happy by offering delicious artisanal products in an environment that evokes the best of Alaskan hospitality. Their Facebook page is filled with happy customers who have experienced the exceptional customer service, ambiance and quality food Wheeler and Paris envisioned before opening their doors.
Coppa was not Wheeler’s first experience with business ownership. Still, he sought assistance from the Alaska Small Business Development Center and Ian Grant as he and Paris hammered out the details on their business plan and financials. Together, Wheeler and Grant created financial projections that helped predict how much of each product they would have to sell in order to become profitable.
“I really appreciate all the help I’ve received from the SBDC” said Wheeler, “The business planning tools and Ian’s real-world experience were both hugely beneficial to our business planning efforts”.
Currently, Wheeler and Grant are working together to update the business plan to make sure the business is sustainable and has a positive impact on the local economy and resources.
Want to know more? You can visit Coppa’s website or check out their stellar reviews on their Facebook page. Better yet, stop by and sample their delicious wares at 917 Glacier Ave ste 102 in Juneau, Alaska!