Small Business Success: The Mad Bean Coffee Shop Continues to Grow

Since opening in 2015, The Mad Bean coffee shop in downtown Madison has seen continual growth and become a true entrepreneurial success story.

From humble beginnings as a traditional coffee shop and gathering place, to installing a full-service deli, then a move to its current home at 103 E. Murphy St., the shop has expanded again to include a new mobile coffee and smoothie bar.

The mobile bar made its debut at the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League mountain bike race at Farris Memorial Park in May.  Demand for The Mad Bean’s coffee drinks and smoothies was so great that owner Daniel Joyce saw a prime opportunity to add a mobile unit and thus the coffee and smoothie bar was created.

Joyce says the Mad Bean’s mobile bar has already been booked for events throughout Rockingham County and beyond.

A native of Madison, Joyce took a step closer to fulfilling his life-long entrepreneurial vision in 2015 when he opened The Mad Bean coffee shop.    Joyce grew up in Madison and always wanted to do something to help revive the historic downtown.

“I wanted to provide a place for people to come and hang out, plus enjoy a great cup of coffee.  We strive to have an atmosphere that radiates with local art, live music and an eclectic style,” said Joyce.

The Mad Bean is a full-service coffee shop and deli, featuring an array of coffee blends and crafted drinks, teas, smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.  It also hosts regular open mic and trivia nights as well as live music.

Originally located at the corner of Market and Murphy Streets, the Mad Bean moved into an historic building in 2018, which is its current location.  The former Madison Wholesale Grocery building highlights the rustic, vintage feel of the Mad Bean and provides room for future growth on the second floor.  And Joyce already has plans for transforming that second floor into a separate venue for dining and entertainment that will be announced in the near future.

The Mad bean is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch with expanded summer hours for dinner on Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Check the Mad Bean’s Facebook page for more information about events.

Unifi Expands Fiber Line Made From Plastic Bottles

Unifi’s Repreve Bottle Processing Center in Reidsville is where the innovative line of yarn made from recycled plastic bottles begins.  At this state-of-the-art recycling center, PET plastic bottles are chopped, washed, dried, and made into flake.  The flake is then made into chip, which gets heated, extruded and spun into fiber.

Unifi opened the Reidsville recycling center in 2106 and it has the capacity to produce 75 million pounds of flake each year.  This week, the company announced an expansion of its Repreve line with the new Repreve Our Ocean product made from ocean-bound plastic bottles.

Below is an article about this new endeavor:

From the News & Record
By Richard M. Barron

Greensboro-based Unifi is setting out to save the oceans one plastic bottle at a time.

The textile company, which makes synthetic fiber for yarns and a wide range of other products, has started creating products from recycled plastic bottles collected near beaches in countries that may otherwise dump them into the ocean.

The Repreve line of products was in the news a couple of years ago when Unifi said it was making the fiber out of recycled bottles from Flint, Mich., where residents were using millions of water bottles after the city’s water system was contaminated by lead.

The new line, Repreve Our Ocean, is using bottles collected from “countries or areas that lack formal waste or recycling systems,” the company said in a news release.

A Unifi spokeswoman said that entrepreneurs in such countries will likely collect and sell the bottles if they know there’s a customer like Unifi.

Since 2007, the company said, it has recycled more than 15 billion bottles for the Repreve product. Its goal is to recycle 20 billion by 2020, according to its website.

Unifi said that 8.8 million tons of plastics are dumped into the oceans every year, which is equal to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. The company said that at least 80 percent of the plastic comes into the oceans from land.

“Repreve Our Ocean is a premium collection of fiber and resin sourced from bottles at high risk of entering in the ocean,” Jay Hertwig, group vice president of global branded sales for Unifi, said in the news release.

Hertwig said the program is a way for Unifi and the companies that make clothing and fabric out of the fiber to make a statement to consumers about the companies’ approach to protecting the environment. Materials and fabrics made from Repreve are manufactured by other companies into everything from car seats to athletic tops.

“Forward-thinking brands that want to take a stronger stand in addressing ocean pollution and want to make an even more specific statement about protecting the environment now have a brand new option,” Hertwig said in the release. “Repreve Our Ocean is made for the good of tomorrow, and this premium product will appeal to consumers that want to do all that they can to help protect the environment for the next generation.”

The ocean program is the latest attempt by the textile maker to stay relevant in a world that has been harsh to U.S. textile companies.

Unifi has thrived in a tough marketplace by coming up with such products as Repreve and then finding creative ways to sell them. Repreve has become such a success that other companies are licensing the name to make other products from the polymer that Unifi creates at its recycling plants.