Welcome!

First, as owners, Scott Parker, Jack Miller and Athan Miller would like to welcome you!  In our first blog post, we are going to give a quick history for those of you who are new to us.  Additional posts will consist of more of a variety.  Each employee will have a chance to talk about what it is like to work at Jack’s and Steamers – and how it has changed their life.  We will also showcase new items and exciting new opportunities.  So please, encourage your friends to follow our blog! What is this place? Are you Jacks? Are you Steamers? Is Jack real? What are you?? Don’t worry, you aren’t the first, or the last, person to ask this question. Here is a quick run down of our history that will help explain. We have many names and many faces and do many things – we hope you will stop by, check us out and help us change lives! Scott Parker and Athan and Jack Miller bought a tiny little coffee shop in the Village of Five Parks in 2007 on a whim that they could run a coffee shop and employ people with developmental disabilities. At that time Athan was working for Scott at Parker Personal Care Homes, the company he still runs and owns. Parker Personal Care Homes provides a variety of supports to people with developmental disabilities, from residential support to day program and employment supports. When the sale went through, Athan stopped working for Scott and started running the coffee shop full time. It was a tiny place, about 300 square feet, but it taught Athan a lot about how to run a small business and employ people with developmental disabilities. After about 6 months, the opportunity to move into the space next to the coffee shop presented itself. It was over double the size – about 1200 square feet – and had a small kitchen in the back. Scott and Athan decided to move into that space, and started making their own baked goods, small sandwiches, homemade soups while still serving coffee, smoothies and ice cream. Athan, with the help from some good staff and friends, started experimenting with homemade baked goods, pies and jam. After a few years of being in this space, Jack decided to jump in and add a wine bar to our coffee shop. We had a variety of…