Visions of Vacancy: Enjoi Bakeshop, Cafe and Catering
With the departure of Enjoi, Channahon and Minooka no longer have a coffeeshop.
In 2007, Enjoi Bakeshop and Cafe opened its doors to the Channahon community. By 2010, the bakery was gone - from Channahon, but not for good.
Enjoi opened a second location in 2010 in Morris and that location is still going strong.
"It's downtown, you've got constant traffic," Kellen Walker, co-owner said.
Walker owns the bakery, cafe and catering business with his mom, Joi Walker, wife Michelle and father James.
Enjoi's location in Channahon was along Route 6, in the plaza neighboring Linda's Hallmark/Ranch Pharmacy. Traffic in that location had to be headed to a store in the area or to Enjoi to stop there. And, the store opened at 6 a.m. to serve customers who were headed out of town for work.
Channahon Village Manager Mike McMahon said the area is zoned C3 and he sees certain things fitting in the space nicely.
"I think another bakery or coffee house or sandwich shop, a full-service restaurant may not work there," he said.
He added that Channahon does not have a traditional downtown and that while the planned town center was supposed to fill that void, the economy has put that project at a standstill.
In the meantime, though, the village has formed an economic development committee, which is seperate from the village. It was formed with business owners and community members to brainstorm ways to attract businesses to the village.