Coffee & Bookshop Startup

We are freshly moved back to the great state of South Carolina after spending the last few years working and traveling in ministry and missions across the US and in Africa! 

As we prayed about our next steps in where to live and what to do going forward it became clear to us that we needed to head to my hometown, Blacksburg, SC, and that we wanted to do something that would improve the community and economy there! 

We have found a shop space in downtown that is central to the area and are excited to be planning a Startup Coffee Shop, Bookstore, and Internet Cafe! 

WiseFire Cafe has as it's vision to be Blacksburg's Public Living Room; a place to spend time with friends, meet your neighbors, discuss current issues, find a good book, and grab a great cup of tea or coffee! 

We are now raising funds to help cover the cost of the initial startup which is always the hardest part of any business! The cost of some of the equipment and shop renovation are more than we can handle on our own as we come to the end of a 5+ year period of living by faith as missionaries so we are turning to our friends, family, and neighbors to ask for your kind support in helping us to launch what we hope to be a beacon of hope and a catalyst for closer-community in the Blacksburg area of Cherokee County. 

Your donation will help us to secure the equipment we need to brew great beverages, and have the shop in a position to open THIS SPRING! Every donation gets us closer to turning the keys on this project that is more than a business to us, but rather an opportunity to know, grow, and serve the community!

Our current goal is to have a soft opening around the time of my Birthday (March 30th) and to be fully up and running by the time that the Iron City Festival starts in April of this year! 

We've set aside a good chunk of our personal savings for this project and we've now come down to the last few pieces of heavy equipment that need to be purchased to make this dream a reality! We have found someone a few counties over who is closing a restaurant and has offered us a great deal on several big pieces that we need for the shop. $3,300 will let us go pick up the equipment and be ready to open in March 2018!

We are so greatful for friends across South Carolina, the US, and even the world and we appreciate every gift that helps us reach this goal. Please feel free to reach out to us personally with any questions. We look forward to the grand opening and the opportunity to serve you soon! 


P.S. Check out our newly launched Cafe Website:  

  • Brent Schwalm 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Donnie Cisson 
    • $250 (Offline)
    • 51 mos
  • Karen Cisson 
    • $250 (Offline)
    • 51 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 51 mos
  • Jo Jo Jones 
    • $20 
    • 51 mos
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Thomas Dover 
Blacksburg, SC