CHUCK & ALISON SCATES | FLUID COFFEEBAR

Chuck and Alison Scates, owners of FLUID Coffeebar in downtown Valparaiso

Chuck and Alison Scates, owners of FLUID Coffeebar in downtown Valparaiso

FLUID COFFEEBAR
159 Lincolnway
Valparaiso, Indiana
(219) 510-1000
facebook.com/fluidcoffeelove

We own FLUID Coffeebar. We met in high school and have built businesses together. We have two kids, Ethan and Sophie. We have a strong passion for each other and love for our family. We share a love for art, nature, coffee, beer and the Region. We are usually at FLUID, hiking, exploring, or in a brewery or art museum somewhere.

Tell us about FLUID

FLUID is a coffeebar in downtown Valpo. We welcome all diversity and strive to have the best coffee in the area. FLUID thrives on innovation, and is an ever evolving place, product, and brand that we plan to expand.

How many employees do you have?

12 employees plus the fam. 

What’s the inspiration behind your name?

"FLUID" is a mind set. Staying open to new ideas is important to us. 

Favorite thing about being an entrepreneur

One word - F R E E D O M. 

MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR

Organizing every detail and aspect of our lives. Also it's sometimed tough being 100% personally accountable. 

FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT

Ohhhhh, there are so many. We have TWO of the best, Sage and Stacks on either side of us. We also love El Salto, Ricochet, Main + Lincoln, Meditrina, Round the Clock, Parea, Pikks, Figure 8, Roots, Franklin House, Tomato Bar, Mucho Mas and Burgerhaus. The fabulous independent restaurants are one of the best parts about living in this area.

FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP

Again, so many! We don't get a chance to shop as much as we eat downtown because shops are usually closed by the time we leave FLUID. But we love Burn ‘Em, Aftermath, Elements, Ironwood, and Forefathers. Do those count? They do sell howlers and t-shirts. 

FAVORITE ENTREPREUR RESOURCE

The SBA, SCORE, The Valpo Chamber, and Valpo Events would be easy choices. But we would also add our personal team of badass professionals, Lisa Misch at First Source Bank downtown, Peggy Rogers our accountant in Valpo,  our lawyers Issac Carr and RG Skadberg at CCSK Law in downtown Valpo, and Kyle Knutson at Valparaiso Insurance in downtown Valpo. We would highly recommend all of them.

MOST VALUABLE THING/LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR

We have learned to schedule our time wisely.

GUILTY PLEASURE

Alison: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stouts
Chuck: IPAs and pizza

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU

We literally spend 24 hours a day together and we consider ourselves minimalists.