By Dirk Webb, Flagship Enterprise Center
Skye Huff, owner of MUGS, is up for the Emerging Business of the Year award | Photo by Dale Pickett
Skye Huff, Owner
MUGS Coffee & Tea Company
3627 Nichol Ave Anderson , IN 46011
A native of Anderson, Skye and her husband Kevin Huff started MUGS simply because they loved coffee and saw the profitability in the beverage industry. Starting under a different name in the fall of 2011, MUGS stepped out on its own in January of 2013.
Originally offering fresh roasted coffee, espresso and specialty teas by the bag to wholesale and individual customers throughout the country, MUGS has quickly become a prime meeting place for business and relaxation in Edgewood opening their walk in store in the spring of 2014.
Why here in Madison County? “This is home and we want to make a difference here.”
What are your goals for 2015? “To expand on all of our platforms: Wholesale, subscription and retail. We also want to look for new location opportunities.”
Who do you consider the most courageous person in history and why? “I never like these type of questions....The person I consider the most courageous in history is Jesus Christ because he sacrificed everything for me.”
If you were to take that person on a tour of your business, what one thing would you want them to see? “I would not take Jesus on a tour of my business because it is not that important. Instead, I would invite everyone I know to come listen to Him.”
What was the defining moment when you knew your business was making a difference? “I cannot pinpoint one defining moment but many small tokens of joy come to mind where I know we have had an impact. We know our original business partners have learned from the experience and are using that experience for their future. We know we have a great leadership responsibility to our staff and to the community. We know that non-profits and charities have been helped through MUGS with increased visibility, donations, and supplies. We know that other business owners have been impacted by our existence through partnerships and friendships.”
What was your most courageous business decision? “Well, I have had to make a number of decisions that were either contrary to either my Husband's and business partners' ideas. During those times, I would have to go off on my own to pray and look at all the data alone. Making tough decisions, knowing that you are fully responsible, knowing what the risks are, and taking a stand anyway requires courage and faith. Their courage and faith was shown by following my lead after the decisions were made.”
> Back to Emerging Business of the Year Finalists
Winners will be revealed the night of the 2015 Annual Awards Gala..