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Dayton’s Not Dead: Pettibone Coffee

Barista at Pettibone Coffee preparing a latte.

Pettibone Coffee | Photo by Diana Jaber | The Wright State Guardian


On Feb. 27, the Purcey family opened the Pettibone Coffee Roastery and Cafe in Riverside, Ohio. The shop is known for its homemade coffee blends that got the company off the ground and running in 2017.

History of Pettibone Coffee

Pettibone Coffee began as a coffee roastery business in 2017, run by mother and son duo Jonathan and Marci Purcey. 

“Pettibone Coffee was born out of a deep passion for coffee, all of its processes, and the sometimes evasive quiet moments in life,” the Purcey’s said via the Pettibone Coffee webpage. “As coffee lovers ourselves it’s our commitment to you to make sure we never fail to deliver perfect coffee that has all of the love we have to offer in each and every bean.”

The inspiration for the business name stems from Pettibone Lake in Michigan, and after rebranding in early 2020, the logo now represents the state flower. 

On Sept. 24 of 2020, the family duo announced that ground had been broken for a Pettibone Coffee cafe and roastery location, with the plan to open by the end of 2020. After a few bumps in the road, opening day was pushed back to Feb. 27. 

Pettibone Coffee, coffee, sandwich
Pettibone Coffee | Photo by Diana Jaber | The Wright State Guardian

The cafe 

The Purcey’s wanted to ensure that their storefront location got one message across to their patrons: they sell coffee. 

“Coffee shops are usually smaller spaces, which is great and typically very cozy, but seating is limited, so we wanted to provide something where customers are always sure to have seating,” said Jonathan Purcey in a recent Dayton Daily News article. 

In the several weeks the cafe has been open, Wright State University (WSU) students have begun to take advantage of a new place to caffeinate and study.

“It has a really warm, comforting atmosphere,” WSU student Julia Boyd said. “The coffee has an original flair that larger companies like Starbucks and Dunkin’ lack. The prices are reasonable and it’s totally worth it to keep myself caffeinated!” 

Many locals who have enjoyed the Purcey’s coffee brews since the earlier days of the company are showing their appreciation for the Pettibone Coffee Roastery and Cafe via Facebook.

“We went to the grand opening and it was amazing! We will be coming in on a regular basis,” said Riverside local Bianca Carbonell in a comment on a recent Facebook post from the Pettibone Coffee. 

The Pettibone Coffee is located at 215 Woodman Dr. in Riverside, OH, open 6:00 a.m to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Customers can also order housemade coffee blends from their website.


Kaitlyn Chrosniak

News Reporter