Cecilia had a dream to open a coffee shop, and that’s exactly what she did. She included her travels and own personal style to create a unique and special place. The Persnickety Cafe is located in Yorktown, Virginia and it’s unlike most traditional American cafes you see today. The menu is filled with unique drinks and food options. The kids play area and kids menu is perfect for families to come enjoy a meal and a latte. The space is great for a student, a meeting, or just to get some work done outside of the office.
Cecilia truly loves to bring her community together! She is not only a military spouse but she is also an Army veteran, she served our country for over a decade. Her husband also served in the Army and is now retired. They were both stationed in Augsburg Germany, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Hawaii.
When did you start your business & what made you decide this career path? I started my business (Persnickety Crane Cafe in Yorktown, VA) – a family-friendly coffee house & café) in December of 2019. I decided on this career path because I wanted to provide a space where parents could have date night, children could play, teens could hang out and have community, and coffee enthusiasts could come and feel at home. I wanted to create a place that I believed families and our community needed in order to connect with each other and be introspective, gain peace in one’s busy, hectic day – a place where you feel seen, known and befriended – authentically.
Where have you lived and what has been your favorite base so far? I’ve lived in Germany, Sarajevo Bosnia and Hawaii; and I served assignments with the military in South Carolina, California, Arizona, Japan, South Korea & Poland. My favorite base was at the 66th Military Intelligence in Augsburg, Germany.
What are your other hobbies? I enjoy running, traveling, coffee shop hopping & teaching history at University.
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner? While neither my husband nor I are currently in the military – but are veterans – the benefits of having served in the military and running a business, are understanding hard-work, exceptionalism, agility, planning, improvisation, sacrifice, long hours, resourcefulness, problem-solving, how to fight for success and general community service. Those attributes, which the military instilled, are assets for me as a business owner.
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business? Hire a good manager right away to help; start with as much working capital (money) as you can; spend as little as possible in the first year; stay true to your mission and vision – figuring out how you can add value to people’s lives; be able to pivot/adjust/be creative/remain fluid when things go different than planned; take care of yourself – sleep, spiritual peace, fitness, work/life balance, so you can bring your best self to the budding business.
Thank you Cecila for you and your husbands service
and continuing to serve your community!
Contact info Links
Katherine Budny Photography (portraits) https://www.katherinebudnyphotography.com
Jonathan Rodgers – (Coffee shop inside) https://www.jonnyrodgersvisuals.com