(VIDEO) Unique Coffeeshop Uses Honor System
by Aaron Boerner, Reporter
June 20, 2014
A coffee shop in Valley City is saving money on employee costs...because it doesn't have any.
"The Vault" downtown has been growing in popularity as a self–serve hangout.
It's like any other coffee shop in that it has coffee, tea, and pastries.
The one thing it's missing?
"At the time I didn't realize how unique that was, I thought it just made sense. And I found out later by Googling…there really isn’t anything else like it," said co-owner/operator David Brekke.
When David Brekke and his wife Kimberly opened the shop in October, they decided it was fitting to allow people to serve themselves and pay on the honor system.
They haven't broke even yet...but it's not because people are stealing.
"The thing that's amazing is that people have been extremely honest...when I add up how much has been taken and how much is in the till at the end of the day…people are 15% more generous than thieving," said Brekke.
"It's really very convenient to use, I hope that they financially make it, but most people in town I think are pretty honest," said regular Madeline Luke.
And there's plenty else to draw people in...two pianos, artwork for sale, and a whole lot of books.
"It's a great place to sit where it’s quiet and read and little by little there’re more and more people coming in all the time," said regular LeRoy Triebold.
Brekke spent 3.5 years converting the former bank into the shop.
He says they hope to turn the room next door into a bakery co–op within the next few years.
For more information on the shop go to their website: http://www.thevaultvalleycity.com/