“We were all friends during school and we stayed in touch since then,” Hilson said. “Now, we’re business partners.”
Of the three Georgetown alumni, Hilson is the only one living in D.C. and will work full time as the operating manager. As a student, Hilson worked at the coffee shop for a year, shortly after the location opened. He kept in contact with the owners over the past few years and expressed interest in buying if they ever decided to relocate elsewhere and sell the shop.
Relocate they did, and Hilson pulled together the finances between him and his two friends to buy the franchise. In the past few years, Hilson worked in human resources for a defense contractor in D.C. “It will absolutely change my lifestyle but I’m extremely excited,” he said. “I love being in the atmosphere of the coffee shop.”
Although the new owners plan to “stick to the traditions” and keep the culture and ambiance of the café unchanged, Hilson plans to make a few operational modifications. “There are a few operational things that we’d like to do differently a little bit down the road…things like making sandwiches inside the shop, whereas currently we get them delivered every morning fresh from a deli,” he said.
Correction: Previous version of this post called the coffee shop “Saxby’s” when it is in fact “Saxbys.” Apologies for this error.