Meet The Berkins!

Our Story

There once were two people whose lives intersected three times...and they finally vowed to live happily ever after.

Intersection #1
There once was a boy whose family started a church in Hartford, CT. There once was a girl whose neighbor took her and her brother to that church from the time she was 6 until she was 10 years old. The boy and girl were not friends because all good little girls knew boys have Cooties!

Intersection #2
In the late 80's and early 90's the girl met the boy again when they worked at the same company--but the girl did not realize it was the boy from church. The girl had a major crush on the boy and made all of her friends stalk him. One of the girl's friends even convinced the boy to take the girl in a date. He did. There was no love connection and they both went on with their lives and married other people, had children and eventually were divorced from their respective spouses.

Intersection #3
The girl had been single a couple of years and had a series of bad dates while on an online dating site. On New Years Day 2014, the girl noticed a new guy on the site. She read his profile and sent him a wink. The boy responded immediately. After a couple of phone conversations, they went on a date. On their second date (the next day) the boy revealed their childhood church connection. They knew that they were meant to be together and fell in love.

In November 2014, in the same week, both of their positions at their companies were eliminated--good old corporate America! But that was just God closing a door and opening a window.

Even though the future was uncertain, on New Years Eve 2015 the boy proposed to marry the girl-she said "YES!".

In December 2015, the girl and boy decided to start their own business. The boy was a huge coffee fan and the girl loved the boy. :-). They agreed they would open a coffee shop.

They had a naming contest for the shop and they took a combination of the suggestions and named the shop Berkins Blend Cafe. The Boy's last name is Bar(ber) and the Girl's last name is Haw(kins). They combined the ends of their last names and added Blend since they got married that summer and "Blended" their families and began offering a wonderful coffee blend. Their three daughters Maya, Halle and Jayda think this is the most ridiculous thing ever--which means they will think it's so cool when they grow-up!

The future is so bright for them both and they could not be happier. They want you to come enjoy the warm, comfy space with the technology advancements--oh--and have some coffee, tea and a decadent pastry too.

Doug (the boy) & Andréa (the girl)