On a hot July afternoon while running kayaks and canoes up and down the South Fork River, Greg Ramsey (Blackey) had a vision of people all around and heard laughter and saw bright smiles while standing on the bank of the river behind what is now the home of Floyd and Blackies Coffeehouse and Ice Cream. It was a couple weeks later, when his wife, Kathy Ramsey, told Greg that she believed his vision was a coffee and ice cream shop down by the river. They had already formed the Floating Goat, where they rent Kayaks and Canoes to customers to paddle up and down the South Fork River. They thought what a great combination to provide for the community and all passing through than to offer Kayak and Cano rentals right along with the best coffeehouse in the county (which they have won 3 out of the last 4 years). That was the beginning of what now is Floyd and Blackies Coffeehouse and Ice Cream.
Greg and Kathy often talked about opening up their own business and naming it after two influential people in their own lives; their Grandfathers, Floyd and Blackie. So on a cold winter’s day in December 2012, the two opened the coffeehouse and Ice Cream shop and haven’t looked back. At times it has been a tough journey. It wasn’t long after the shop opened, the town bridge closed, other merchants in town closed. Basically Floyd and Blackie’s was the only thing in town. This was, no doubt, a test of their endurance and their vision. However, through it all, they prevailed and are now serving thousands of customers with their organic coffee, latte’s, delicious breakfast sandwiches as well as yummy pastries and 20+ Hershey Ice Cream flavors for all ages to enjoy. They often host concerts in their parking lot and have Open Mic Nights where local talents come to practice and entertain the crowds. They also make it part of their business plan to hire high school students to help them get prepared for their next journey by teaching them the fundamentals of business and how to give that “world class” customer service.
Through what was first just a vision, a dream, is now a reality and it is now a staple in the community. Greg and Kathy stand on the sidewalk many evenings just looking at how their small town has prospered over the last four years. Goat Island Park opened, new merchants came to town and the town has gone from sleepy to “wide-awake”!