New ‘Epic Coffee Shoppe’ and ice cream parlor in the works in Kettering

A new, independently owned coffee, tea and ice cream shop is in the works at one of the busiest intersections Kettering.

Epic Coffee Shoppe is scheduled to open this fall at 22 W. Stroop Road just west of Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48). The new shop will be in the Castle Hills retail center across from Town & Country Shopping Center.

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The shop is the brainchild of partners Brian Ernst and Laura Gorham of Kettering, who told this outlet they are transitioning from other careers — Ernst in ineterior design, Gorham in teaching — to launch Epic Coffee Shoppe together.

The shop will serve several artisan coffee drinks as well as ice cream, and one of its signature offerings will be “Affogato” — an Italian-style coffee drink consisting of a scoop of ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso, Ernst said.

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The founders are still working out the shop’s hours and other details, but plans call for opening at 7 a.m. six days a week, Ernst and Gorham said. The shop will seat 12 to 15 on a patio, and about 40 inside.

“We’re shooting for the end of October” to open, Gorham said.

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The West Stroop Road space is on the western end-cap of the Castle Hills retail center, and it previously housed Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops, which now operates at the 2nd Street Market in Dayton.

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