Who we are.
The Clifton Crafthouse Co-op will be a worker, community member, and business-owned taproom and community space featuring a shared commercial kitchen and affordable artist housing. Designed to meet specific needs identified by local non-profits, we hope to leverage the cooperative model to create a community space for the benefit of all.
MISSION: To promote our community's vitality by creating cooperative spaces that provide access to locally made food, drinks, arts, crafts, and the spaces we need to live and thrive as artists, makers, and supporters including affordable housing, shared kitchen, and community spaces.
Situated on the corner of Rt. 343 and Clay Street - across the street from the Clifton Opera House one way, and the Clifton Union School House the other - the Co-op building is accurately described as a cornerstone of our community. Throughout history, it served as a gathering space during its time as a general store, meeting hall, even a dance hall. The Historic Clifton Mill, nationally renowned for its award-winning Christmas Lights display, and the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve are a short walk away. With the eclectic Village of Yellow Springs just 3 miles down the road, our rural community is diverse, vibrant, and rich with local businesses, artists, and attractions.
The Clifton Crafthouse Co-op will be a worker, community member, and business-owned taproom featuring food and drinks from small, local businesses with a commitment to local and sustainable sourcing.
As a cooperative incubated by Co-op Dayton, community members have the chance to be co-owners, building community wealth while participating in a business that’s accountable to the community, and operates for the benefit of the community, not just the bottom line.
By restoring a cornerstone building in our community to a place for neighbors to gather once more, we hope to revitalize our little corner in a way that both honors the history of this building and Village, and addresses a variety of community needs.
With an upstairs community space, the co-op will provide opportunities for small business owners like soap makers, yoga instructors, and painters to host classes and workshops, and the opportunity for community members to enjoy these activities.
Vision: A community where all members can live and thrive doing what we love, and where we can share our talents and crafts, thereby increasing our community's resilience, sustainability, affordability, diversity, and overall vitality.
By including things like an elevator, gender-neutral bathrooms, even dedicating 20% of our taps to exciting non-alcoholic options like local kombucha and flavored seltzer water, we hope to provide a space that’s truly accessible to and inclusive of everyone in our community.
Inspired by a preliminary feasibility study on affordable artist housing done in partnership with Yellow Springs Home Inc., we’ve designed our space based on those findings and will be partnering with Wright State University students to update the study, with the original authors as co-advisors.
By co-designing our residency programs and selection process with local partners, we plan on offering residencies in specific areas such as visual, literary, and performance arts, and connecting artists with mentors and artist-specific business incubation services to help them develop their passion into a profession.
By providing access to the community space and developing partnerships to tie in nearby underutilized spaces, we hope to provide not just our artist residents but all members with access to the networking, studio, performance, and other spaces we need to live and thrive as artists, makers, and supporters.
With access to a commercial kitchen space, our independent bakers, food trucks, and small local food businesses can sell to restaurants and grocery stores and have access to more space and better equipment when they need it.
Because it will be integrated into the taproom space, businesses can also host pop-ups, testing out a concept by using the Co-op space as their own restaurant like our partner Choose 2 Love is excited to do. This way, entrepreneurs can realize their dream of having a café without the barrier of financing and managing a restaurant of their own.
We’re partnering with local kitchen incubators Spark Fairborn and ECDI in order to connect our member businesses with the resources and support they need to thrive, and offer our space as a resource to their members.
Shared Commercial Kitchen
We want to model best practices for environmental sustainability amidst our climate crisis through design choices like forgoing natural gas, utilization of passive house design principles, even maintaining our chimneys as an important habitat for endangered chimney swifts.
We plan to implement best practices for sustainability specific to our industry like minimizing beverage waste by investing in equipment that limits foam, and for our rural community by showcasing specific solutions like a pellet stove utilizing local agricultural byproducts as a lower-carbon alternative to wood stoves.
With a commitment to local sourcing, we hope to increase our community’s resiliency by bolstering our local foodshed and keeping more money in our community. Through partnerships with Agraria and Tecumseh Land Trust, we hope to connect our members and vendors to local farmers, and foster connections for a circular economy, like when we connected a local brewery with one of our artisans to collaborate on making spent grain soaps.
Make a Donation
Would you like to contribute to the Clifton Crafthouse Co-op in another way? Your Gift-2-Grow donation provides the unique opportunity to become a part of our #craftingcommunity through giving. DONATE NOW! To mail a check, please use the mailing address above. Place Gift-2-Grow or Donate in the memo line.
As a community-based initiative, host an event! Work with us to throw your own launch event, do a social media campaign, or host a fundraiser, and you'll be eligible for benefits like upgrading your Original Crafters level, gallery space, even your own table at the Co-op! Learn more...