For Montana Telman, a dream became reality the day she opened Crossroads, a coffee shop and bakery located on the Hartford Turnpike.
“We originally opened on April 1 of 2021,” said Telman, who is just 24. “A lot of my friends joked, asking if this was the real thing, or if this was some April Fool’s joke.”
When the pandemic hit, Telman was working as a personal trainer and a barista. Both sources of income went away, however, so Telman needed a Plan B.
She and Taylor Adams, who manages Crossroads, previously worked together at another coffee shop, and enjoyed the business.
“We thought about doing a shop of our own or even a coffee truck,” Telman said.
“Our boss at our old job had fired us because he found out that we wanted to open a shop of our own,” she added.
“We had to make this thing happen and I was lucky to have a good support team to make this happen.”
Just two years out of college, Telman was unable to secure a loan on her own, but was lucky to have the backing of her mother, Kathi.
“I’m a baby running a business and it’s hard getting a loan when you’re a young person,” said Telman.
“We managed to do it, and with Taylor’s help, we were able to get this place open,” she said.
Crossroads had been open for eight months before business really picked up, Telman said. “It felt more like a pop-up business, then a coffee shop at first,” she said.
“We are just a bunch of kids working here and making it happen,” the young entrepreneur said. “At the end of the day, we are friends and all have the same goal for this place. I wouldn’t have it with any other team.”
Adams agrees. “[W]e’re doing something great here,” the shop manager said. “It’s been crazy since the start, but we were able to manage and do great things.”
Crossroads, 1878 Hartford Turnpike, is open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.