News and Tribune

January 28, 2010

FACES OF FLOYD: Alan Butts

By JEROD CLAPP

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.”