Today we’d like to introduce you to Logan Mitchell and Gary McIntire.
Logan, can you briefly walk us through yours and Gary’s story – how you started and how you got to where you are today?
We started a supper club about seven years ago, Cellar Door, and have enjoyed getting creative and serving our multi-course meals with drink pairings. The local food and cocktail community have been super supportive and given us so much opportunity! Directly due to this ongoing support, we were able to open a retail shop specializing in vintage, and new bartending supplies!
Collins & Coupe opened in November 2017. In one year we have forged such amazing community connections and continuing support! I love the eager and generous attitude that San Diegans bring to small business, and I don’t think any of these projects would have been as successful anywhere else.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As a new business, we are still working very hard to stabilize after opening costs, but I am confident that we are on an upward path. Collins & Coupe is the first business we have ever owned, and it’s been both a challenging and rewarding process.
Gary and I have been so fortunate to have the encouragement of this city, and in turn, are giving back wherever we can. I believe that lifting up fellow businesses and entrepreneurs helps the whole community, and we not only carry as much local product as we can in our store, we regularly donate to local organizations and try to provide a platform to causes we believe in.
Collins & Coupe – what do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
We are a retail shop in North Park that specializes in bartending supplies, which includes both vintage and new bar tools, glassware, locally made syrups and tinctures, as well as a huge selection of bitters (over 100!). We also offer private and public cocktail classes, seminars, and host free product tastings.
We are very proud to support our community by carrying as many local brands as possible and having “meet the maker” events monthly so our guests can forge those personal connections too. We are active members of Business For Good and the 30 ECB Business Association.
Gary is on the ground every day, working tirelessly to run the shop and I work full time in a different industry and cover behind-the-scenes business details.
As for what sets us apart, we are the only store of this kind in San Diego. Collins & Coupe is a love letter to cocktails, bartenders seasoned and new, and the community that lifted us up. We strive to have something for everyone, no matter your budget or skill level, even if you don’t drink alcohol.
How do you, personally, define success? What’s your criteria, the markers you’re looking out for, etc?
Certainly being financially stable is a marker of success; but we also value being proud of our work, true to our mission and our word. Having to not worry about finances is a bonus that has not quite been reached, hopefully soon! We love to educate people, share our achievements and celebrate others’ milestones as well.
I don’t think we would feel successful if we had to stand on the backs of others to reach our goals. Success is built on trust, support, transparency, and continuing to learn and grow into something worth supporting. I think that if you start there, the financial support will follow.
- We offer a 10% hospitality industry discount every day
- We offer a 10% military discount every day
- We offer a 20% off one item coupon per month if you are a member of our mailing list
- Address: 2876 El Cajon Blvd #100 San Diego, CA 92104
- Website: collinsandcoupe.com
- Phone: 6197274971
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/collinsandcoupe
- Facebook: facebook.com/collinsandcoupe
- Twitter: @collinsandcoupe
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/collins-and-coupe-san-diego
Alyssa Fedchenko, Carlos Guillen