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New business is ‘leap of faith’

Being a business owners was never anything Bailey Carden expected she would be, but through prayer and a leap of faith, that is becoming a reality.

Carden, with a five-member team, opened for business on Monday as the newest entrepreneur in town.

Community Cup, a coffee shop offering beverages and food for breakfast and lunch, is located inside the Student Center on the Brewton campus of Coastal Alabama Community College.

“The opportunity came along to do this,” Carden said. “I would never have though this is what I’d be doing, but after praying about it, I made that leap. It took a lot of faith to do that, but my faith is in God and I knew this will work.”

Open to the public, Carden said she plans to keep her prices low enough to accommodate college students’ budgets.

“College students have enough to pay for,” Carden said. “I want to make it so they can afford to buy a meal here.”

Meals at Community Cup are served for breakfast and lunch and come in the form of typical breakfast fares of sandwiches and baked goods as well as gravy biscuits. Lunch fare includes a variety of panini sandwiches as well as a soup-of-the-day selection.

“We are open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday,” Carden said. “We are excited about how things are going. We want this to give God the glory.”

Opening day on Monday kept Carden and her team busy with a steady flow of customers through the first days of being open.

“We’ve been busy,” Carden said. “I have had customers pretty much all the time. I was a little fearful jumping into the world of business, being so young, but with your faith over rides your fears, you just make it work.”

Carden said that call-in orders are not part of her plan at the moment, but the shop is open to the public.

Parking for Community Cup is located adjacent to the Student Center beside the Alabama Technology Center building.

Masks are required for those who enter any building on the Coastal Alabama Campus. Seating inside Community Cup is limited.