Business Spotlight

Happy Bean Coffee Shop

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“My husband, John, and I had considered starting a coffee shop for many years, but the timing was never quite right for us to take the risk,” says Jill Ballenger. John, a professor at MVNU, and Jill, who was in sales, were happy to raise their 2 kids in the Mount Vernon community. They were frequent customers and big cheerleaders of the local coffee shop, Happy Bean. Through a chance conversation and perfect timing, their dreams came true in fall of 2017 when the current owners were interested in selling and the Ballengers were interested in buying the successful coffee shop in the Mount Vernon Nazarene University building on South Main Street.

Even though they are located in MVNU’s Hunter Hall building, “we are here for the community, and we are open year-round for everyone to enjoy!” Happy Bean serves premium specialty coffee, tea, and homemade hot chocolate. There is a selection of muffins, scones, and pastries with gluten-free items on the menu made by a local resident using local ingredients.

“Our goal is to do our best to ensure each person knows they are valued and we strive to offer the highest quality product in an environment where they can relax, chat, and enjoy their drink,” says Jill. “We look forward to being involved in the upcoming community events and organizations. Our passion is to be able to serve Knox County in a variety of ways.” Jill and the staff at Happy Bean thoroughly enjoy seeing familiar faces walk through the door and knowing that they are contributing to a thriving downtown community. #brewhope

For more information, visit Happy Bean Coffee Shop or just stop in and relax with your favorite drink. 

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2018 Main Street Mount Vernon Annual Awards Dinner

2010AwardWinnersThe Board and Staff of Main Street Mount Vernon cordially invite you to celebrate 29 years of serving the Mount Vernon central business district providing economic development and historic preservation assistance to the downtown community.  Please join us for our 2018 Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 19.

Main Street is honored to celebrate this year’s award recipients and we invite you to join us in recognizing their achievements and celebrating our collective work to improve the quality of life in Mount Vernon.

For dinner, we are excited to include a Taste of Mount Vernon, including our member and local food vendors to show off the amazing food they serve our community. The event is being held at the Knox County Memorial Building Ballroom.

5:30 PM - Cocktails
6:00 PM - Taste of Mount Vernon
7:00 PM - Awards Ceremony

Tickets are $25 per person or $150 for a table of 8.

Please fill out the 2018 MSMV Annual Awards Dinner RSVP form:

To pay or make a donation online, please visit the MSMV store.

To pay or make a donation by check, please send to:
Main Street Mount Vernon
P.O. Box 702
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

If you have questions, or to RSVP directly, please contact Carrie at 740.393.1481.

Looking for the ballot?  Click here - ballots due by March 31, 2018

Mount Vernon: Best Hometown


Talk about community pride... Take a look at this video made for the Ohio Magazine Best Hometown announcement. Don't miss this. Be sure to "share" with friends and family who live elsewhere. Thanks to Woods Media Productions for creating the video and to Ariel Foundation for making it possible.