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The Heights Park Neighborhood Association is excited to introduce you to our new neighbor Tim Kahle. Tim is the owner and founder of Communion Neighborhood Cooperative.
Tim, tell us about you and your family.
I’ve been married to my wife, Amy, for 10 years this year. Our kids are Samuel (5 1/2), Ruthie (4), and twins Judah & Abby (2 1/2) and a dog. We live here in Richardson and have loved being part of this community.
When did Communion open?
We soft launched in November of 2017, but we had our Grand Opening in January 2018.
What is a highlight about Communion that makes it different from other venues?
The first, and sometimes confusing, thing about Communion is that we are three different venues under one brand.
Our cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a delicious three roaster coffee rotation program and one of the most robust whiskey selections in the area.
Our co-working space allows for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses to grow & connect with people they would’ve never otherwise connected with.
Our space also operates as an event venue on Thursday and Friday nights and on the weekends. So if you need a space for a birthday or graduation party or if you want to host an opera or wedding rehearsal, we’ve got you covered.
We’re really becoming something of Richardson’s living room. Much like the old sitcom “Cheers,” we hope that when you come here, you’ll never feel alone, never feel lost, but will always feel at home.
Why did you choose this location? Why did you open this type of business? What are your hopes for the neighborhood and surrounding area?
It’s a fantastic location right off of 75 and Belt Line. And the old car shop that we took over was a prime spot to develop the industrial modern feel that we wanted. But it all started by trying to figure out, “What is that community watering hole for Richardson?” Richardson didn’t really have one, so we started dreaming about a bar/cafe/restaurant as the gathering spot. But we couldn’t stop there. What if the community gathering spot was also the spot that help business thrive? That was when the co-working and event sides started.
As far as our hopes go … we want to be a force for good for Richardson. As we said before, we hope for deep meaningful connection. Hopefully those connections will help businesses grow and help us impact our individual neighborhoods.
We also hope to help Richardson not just be a map point between Downtown Dallas and McKinney. Rather, we strive to see Richardson’s robust, multi-cultural, artistic, entrepreneurial, and community-oriented ethos shine in the metroplex.
Explain the difference between Communion Restaurant and Communion working co op.
Many people we have run into believe they have to pay to be a member to even eat at the restaurant. I agree, that’s a common misconception. The cafe and the front patio are open to the public just like any other restaurant. You’re welcome to grab a bite, sit anywhere you’d like and use our free wifi. We’d love for everyone to have our homemade biscuit sandwich in the morning, the new short rib sandwich for lunch, my favorite Old Fashioned for happy hour. Everyone should share our family-style dinners with good friends (the steak & frites is a crowd favorite!)
But if you’re a business that needs access to meeting rooms, free coffee, mail services, and opportunities to network, learn and grow in a beautifully crafted space, then you’ll want to join our monthly membership. Did we mention a private back patio with a putting green, ping pong, and a fire pit?
Does your business have a stated mission statement, the reason it exists?
We do! Our mission is to grow a community of creative entrepreneurs within Richardson centered on cultured co-working and craft coffee and eats.