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Carrie Luckner-Zimmerman of Bell's Country Coffee, a Farmingdale SBDC Success Story

Carrie Luckner-Zimmerman of Bell's Country Coffee

Carrie Luckner-Zimmerman
Bell's Country Coffee
Farmingdale SBDC

After working in finance for nearly 10 years, Carrie Luckner-Zimmerman decided to leave the industry and fulfill her dream of attending culinary school. After completing studies in Paris, she baked products in a rented commercial kitchen and sold them at farmer’s markets around New York City, while looking for something more permanent. Carrie used her finance and real estate experience to investigate opportunities and eventually purchased a mixed use building near her hometown, Corning. She spent long days restoring the exterior and renovating the apartment upstairs. During those long days, Carrie, who has an intense passion for coffee, realized there was no place nearby to get a good cup of coffee. The idea for opening a coffee shop was born at that time, but she didn’t settle on a name for the place until research at the Elmira Heights Historical Society revealed her building once housed a popular breakfast and lunch place named Bell’s Pantry. Carrie wanted her coffee shop to be something special – with good coffee, friendly & knowledgeable staff and service, comfortable seating, interesting décor, and a relaxing atmosphere, all at fair prices. In addition to specialty coffee and tea, Bell’s offers a variety of light baked goods including bagels, pound cake, biscotti and homemade Bell-gian waffles. Bell’s Country Coffee officially opened in October 2012 during the Elmira Heights Oktoberfest. Carrie told us that Business Advisor Walter Reid was exceptionally helpful in providing information and assistance, especially with the hiring and payroll process. Carrie hopes to expand to other locations and make good coffee at good prices accessible to all.