Nikki Collins MacMillan, ministry director and “head percolator,” Bare Bulb Coffee, 1117 Ga. 96, Suite 100, Kathleen, 478-787-3482
How long have you been in business?: The not-for-profit coffee shop opened in October 2010, and it is a project of the Presbyterian Church in southwest Georgia. MacMillan is a Presbyterian pastor.
“We decided to open a business instead of a new church because we wanted to be in the community in a different way. We wanted to be a place of hospitality where anybody could land. People are often reluctant to come into a church, but they like coffee shops. ... So we decided to open a full-service coffee shop open seven days a week.”
Food items such as soup, quiche, sandwiches, chicken salad, muffins, pastries and brownies are available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Profits from sales benefit the ministry’s missions in Warner Robins and around the world.
What do you like best about your job?: “It is the customers -- truly the people we get to meet who have become our friends and part of this community -- that is the best thing. ... It is really fun.”
What is your specialty?: “Our reason for being here is to cultivate community and serve our neighbors. Open mic night, held once a month, is an important part of our activities. ... We have art classes several times a month ... called Coffee and Canvases.”
Anyone interested in learning more should go to www.barebulbcoffee.org to access a calendar or to sign up for a newsletter.
What are your future plans?: “We do look at growing this business and growing the way we serve the community. There is a lot of community service that comes out of there, and that is one thing we just want to continue to develop and grow.”
-- Linda S. Morris