There are 3 people who have to agree with the name of the coffee buisness and all 3 personalities differ drastically. We have the free spirited hippie (thats me) my husband who is OCD about everything and a computer nerd, then there is the doctor's wife, very prim and proper and elequent. She liked "Cool Beans", That name was over used. Gary likes Big Shots, but that is used, then I liked the Blue Rabbit because of the blue ridge mountains in which the shop resides, Gary liked it but obviously the Dr. wife hated it. I truly want something soulful. We will be serving lettuce wraps and torta wraps with soups and such. The vibe of the shope will be on the ting of blues and jazz. We will be roasting our own beans eventually. We will be big in to community and art and healthy living. We are located in Christiansburg, VA on Roanoke road. We are between Radford college and Virginia Tech. Please give suggestions if you like...I know this is probably not the right venue to be asking this questions, but you guys know coffee and you know coffee house names and we really need to settle this issue so we can start on signage and such. If you just happen to have a name settling in the back of your mind unused...
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Thank you so much for sharing. I love the combination of your names JoLinda's (nice) Website was fantastic as well. The name that has passed all the checks and is free for TM/State and such is...Falling Branch Coffee & Tea Company. Interestingly enough the name is what shows up on your GPS when you enter the parking lot. Everyone seems to be at peace with the name and we can move on from that whole horrible process...haha We have been discussing doing wine as well with a two class minimum, you bet some licensing and cost with that standard I am told here in Virginia. One of the ladies we were sharing the possible name with told us a story about Moses and the Isrealites heading to the promise land (coffee land for me, ha). Anyway after traveling through the red sea they stayed in Marah for three days and they of course complained that the water was bitter. So, Moses struck a tree and the branchs hit the water and made the water sweet. Exodus 14-15 if you care to check it out. I thought that was pretty cool, and the area has history with the Indians of course, double bonus. Then I was reading this book of Virginia's quirks and oddities, and came across their definition of a "branch." Which means "heaven sent" a cool fresh body of water flowing in to a larger body of water (coffee water ha) I am really pumped about the name and look forward to design and logo's now>

Joseph Robertson said:
Pay special attention to what Stephanie had to say above. I forgot to mention any of this. we did careful checks to make sure we could register our business name with our state. We considered a Federal registration as well. More money but way more protection. With a Federal registration you have great leverage when it comes to someone else trying to use your name. Trade mark is important but with a Federal registration of your business name and a good attorney it's not that hard to make sure someone does not use your name in the Continental US.
Joe,
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Ambassador for Specialty Coffee and palate reform.
Hi Stephanie - I am in WA St too - if you register your name & trademark it first, you can force the other businesses to change theirs - they will have no choice.

stephanie crocker said:
you really want to be sure to set yourself apart from the competition. when i started my bakery, there were NO other bakeries called Sugar in Seattle, and now there's 4, and I continually get calls from customers that are confused. because my trade name is a commodity, I have no recourse, even though I was first. I even wrote to the new "sugars" and asked them to consider changing their name to prevent confusion in the marketplace, and they flat out refused.

However, honestly, if I named my coffee company "starbucker", I would certainly get sued. Just think of making up a very unique name. You might consider consulting a trademark attorney, the $250 consultation might be worth it. (perhaps you might also be able to get some free counseling from the SBA SCORE program as well.)
Very good point Becky. I need to keep this in mind as well.
Joe

Becky Courington said:
Hi Stephanie - I am in WA St too - if you register your name & trademark it first, you can force the other businesses to change theirs - they will have no choice.

stephanie crocker said:
you really want to be sure to set yourself apart from the competition. when i started my bakery, there were NO other bakeries called Sugar in Seattle, and now there's 4, and I continually get calls from customers that are confused. because my trade name is a commodity, I have no recourse, even though I was first. I even wrote to the new "sugars" and asked them to consider changing their name to prevent confusion in the marketplace, and they flat out refused.

However, honestly, if I named my coffee company "starbucker", I would certainly get sued. Just think of making up a very unique name. You might consider consulting a trademark attorney, the $250 consultation might be worth it. (perhaps you might also be able to get some free counseling from the SBA SCORE program as well.)
I have a name and the domain names to go with it. I was going to use the name for an online coffee distribution. Get back with me if you are still looking
on the topic of things blue
how about blue room cafe??

BTW this is like the longest post I've seen so it must not have been that lame a question now let me post and unsubscribe for my phone will never stop vibing if the post madness continues
Hey EspressoFein, just when I thought all was well with Falling Branch. The sign guy stated that the name would be negative to the locals because, the area Falling Branch is low end and could possibly turn away potential customers. So, we don't want that, so to answer your question...yes we are still looking for a name and the coffee bar should be opening the end of September....with no name..aaah.








EspressoFein said:
I have a name and the domain names to go with it. I was going to use the name for an online coffee distribution. Get back with me if you are still looking
Bill, I tell you the other two on this name thing are now disliking anything with blue involved in the name... I like the blue room actually. I seem to be the only one racking my caffiened head on name ideas...my other partners seem to be relaxed about the whole name thing, they say the name will come...what the heck! The Store opens the end of September.

Bill Warnock said:
on the topic of things blue
how about blue room cafe??

BTW this is like the longest post I've seen so it must not have been that lame a question now let me post and unsubscribe for my phone will never stop vibing if the post madness continues
A name I wouldn't ACTUALLY use, but always get a kick out of is "Brew Ha Ha". Hope that puts a smile on your face!

-Michael
Pounds To Grounds
That is hilarious you said that...my mom was so wanting me to use that name....Brew Ha Ha! hahahahahaha! I had another friend I taught with, a math teacher who suggested that name as well. Too Funny!

Michael Anthony Lopez said:
A name I wouldn't ACTUALLY use, but always get a kick out of is "Brew Ha Ha". Hope that puts a smile on your face!

-Michael

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