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January 28, 2010

FACES OF FLOYD: Alan Butts

NAME Alan Butts

POSITION Owner, Coffee Crossing

LOCATION Charlestown Road

Owned company for six years, opened June 2003



What made you start the company?



“I was a school teacher. One night, I was coming home, and just saw this strip being built. It’s kind of funny, when I brought it up to my wife, she wasn’t surprised that I wanted to start a business. When we started, we thought about making it more of a café with sandwich selections. I pulled into the lot for the strip and prayed about whether or not this was the time for me to start my own business, and finally, and the answer was a resounding ‘yes.’”

What do you like about your job?



“I’ve always described myself as a jack of all trades and a master of none.You have to deal with purchasing, customer service, and quality control, and I think it’s a good fit for me.”

What do you find challenging about your work?



“Maybe the 5:30 a.m. wake-up calls when an employee’s not there, or when water is coming in and flooding the back room. Those get a little frustrating, but overall, the good outweighs the bad.”



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