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Hot New Business Taking Heat from City Hall

A new business in Woodstock that's been cashing in on the home brewing market, is taking some heat from City Hall. Personal Service Coffee opened last summer on Ridgeway Circle in a building that happens to be zoned for industrial use. But store Owner Randy Hosick says that wasn't an issue when they went to City Hall to see what was required to open the business. "They knew where we wanted to go, they knew what we were doing, and all they said was 'Welcome to town. Congratulations on your new business and we hope you do well.'" But in November, the store got a call from the Engineering Department, saying someone lodged a complaint about the zoning infraction. Now Hosick says he has to move, or, apply for a zone change, which he's doing this week. "I kind of hope common sense prevails and even if they leave me until the end of my lease agreement, or my franchise agreement, even if they could just re-zone me for that long. And maybe change their process, I'd hate to see someone else in the same spot." The business is tied into a 5-year lease in the building, and a 5-year site-specific franchise agreement with Personal Service Coffee. The issue will likely go to council in February. Hosick says it would be costly to reverse course at this point, and would be a detriment to his business which has outperformed his expectations in its first 6-months. "It's been absolutely fabulous. Talking to people around town, it seems we are the talk, we're the hot new rage in town and I think it would be unfortunate if we had to move."

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