In May of 2008, the first Blackstone Coffee Shop opened on Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania. Since then, Blackstone has moved it location to the Shops at Eagle Village. Along with that, Blackstone has opened a second store on The University of Mary Washington’s campus.
Why is the company named Blackstone?
Don originally wanted to name the shop Blacksmith Coffee, but soon realized that it would be hard to market that name. While on a road trip, he was playing around with name and Blackstone came to mind. He looked up the word and found that it was close to his family heritage. Don is Irish and Blackstone is good luck in Ireland.
Where did Blackstone start?
The very first roasting location was in a small warehouse in Spotsylvania. Don still roasts coffee there today but has since updated his roaster in order to produce coffee for both his shops and various wholesale accounts in the Fredericksburg area.
Why was Blackstone created?
After returning home from his tour in Europe, Don began to miss good coffee and beer. After buying an old popcorn maker from a thrift store in Fredericksburg, Va, he used his knowledge of coffee, which was very little, to try roasting. He used his neighbors as a sample group with the coffee he roasted.