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Akron’s historical depot is being reinvented into a coffeehouse

Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 7:15 PM EST
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AKRON, Ind. (WNDU) - Built in 1883, the depot in Akron, Indiana used to be a bustling train station, until it closed in 1776.

“Lots of history, Lots of history....This is the place, the town was founded, at the intersection,” said DeLynn Geiger, the President of Akron’s Chamber of Commerce.

Lori Tilden-Geiger has had a dream of bringing a coffeehouse to the city of Akron, and when the depot became available for public purchase, Geiger had an idea to reinvent it and make her dream come true.

“It’s one of Lori’s dreams, and I’m helping her to fulfill that,” said DeLynn, “Whenever the Depot became available on the Historical, then we said ‘wow wouldn’t that be cool to turn that into a coffee house?’”

According to the Geiger family, the city of Akron was in need of a coffeehouse, and with the city becoming known as a “foodie” town these last two years, the couple figured a coffeeshop would be the perfect addition.

“So we’re bringing everything back to life. So many people in the community are excited about it,” DeLynn said, “We wanted to be a place that people can come and be grounded, and have a cup of coffee, and conversation.”

With the depot being a historical building, the Geiger family have faced many hurdles since the project began last year.

However, on March 23rd, the depot will finally be moved to that spot at the busy intersection of State Road 19 and Rochester Street.

“And all the traffic that comes at this intersection, they have to stop, and what are they gonna see? The depot,” said DeLynn.

The Geiger family told 16 News Now that they hope to have the shop open for business in 2023.

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