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Fresh Mix expands with customer support

Father and son James and Joe Jeffko stand next to their business’ expansion that was paid for mostly by customer support. Clientele wanted more seats to bring family and friends to eat.  - Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Father and son James and Joe Jeffko stand next to their business’ expansion that was paid for mostly by customer support. Clientele wanted more seats to bring family and friends to eat.
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Call it a Sequim kickstarter, or simply a community effort but the owners behind Fresh Mix Grill, 300 E. Washington St., are growing for the local folk.

Father and son James and Joe Jeffko, who opened the breakfast/lunch restaurant in December 2011, recently finished a 200-square-foot addition, across from the Co-op Farm & Garden, for extra seating with help from customers. They offered supporters $125 in food from the restaurant in exchange for $100 to buy the supplies. The Jeffkos did the labor themselves.

“It’s not just an expansion but an evolution,” James said. “It’s all been natural.”

They had nearly 30 sponsors with many people helping more than once.

Joe said many regular customers told them they wanted more places to sit so they could bring friends and family. Previously, Fresh Mix only had a few seats inside and a few outside chairs seasonally before adding the enclosed seating area.

Local businesses contributed, too, selling windows at cost or giving flooring for free.

“The whole thing has been community-funded,” James said.

Once they finished, the Jeffkos said customers have been coming more than ever.

“Everything is consistent,” Joe said. “We’ve been here since day one for the locals.” Added James, “That’s our bread and butter.”

Fresh Mix’s repertoire of items from sandwiches to soups remains fresh and homemade with daily specials available in the store and on their Facebook page. They used to change specials sporadically but remain consistent now with days like seafood Fridays.

Joe picks up Pane D’ Amore’ bread and produce from Sunny Farms each day, he said.

Further expansion remains in the picture, the Jeffkos said, but they don’t plan to expand their hours from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

“It’s not a matter of dead days, but dead tired owners on Sundays and Mondays,” James joked.

For more information on Fresh Mix Grill, call 681-5124 or visit facebook.com/freshmixgrillmart.

 

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