Sips Caffeine Bar & Drive-thru: 2020 Business of the Year for Davis & Morgan Counties
02/18/2021 | Community/Industry
For Mathew Perry, owner of Sips Caffeine Bar and Drive-thru, the best thing about being an entrepreneur is creating and having some control of his destiny.
Perry has worked long, hard hours to start and grow his own business, especially during a worldwide pandemic.
“The most important thing I’ve learned is how to pivot to keep my business relevant,” Perry said.
In response to COVID-19, he was fast to act–focusing on ensuring the safety of his customers and staff.
“We made quick changes to help minimize contact and implemented strict sanitation protocols,” Perry said.
As a result, Sips stayed open and brought in a new influx of repeat customers while competing businesses were forced to close.
After making safety a priority, Perry focused on enhancing his business model by providing individualized, friendly and convenient drive-thru services.
Sips's “Hug-In-A-Cup” slogan is based on delivering custom-designed caffeinated beverages to help customers embrace their day.
As a local business in Bountiful, Sips prides itself in building personal bonds with customers and creating a charming, small-town experience.
“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to open my own business," Perry said. "When I originally began, we were a small kiosk-style drive-thru in a Kmart parking lot.”
In 2016, due to this location’s redevelopment, Sips relocated around the corner on Highway 89 in Bountiful.
“To add to the challenge of relocation, a new Starbucks was built directly in our old location, creating an uphill charge to recover and reestablish ourselves,” Perry said.
However, Perry's persistence led to rebranding his business by offering more products from recipes inspired by the local community.
To create a plan for growth, Perry sought guidance from the director of Utah Valley’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Winthrop Jeanthreau. After a year, Jeanthreau directed him to the Kaysville SBDC and its director, Andrew Willis.
“Andrew and the Kaysville SBDC have been instrumental in providing me with numerous resources to grow and expand my business," Perry said. "They’ve helped me take my business to the next level.”
These resources include networking opportunities (with business owners and banks) and business advising services. The Kaysville SBDC also opens the door to other resources, such as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
“I continue to participate with the Kaysville SBDC and look forward to the many years of support," Perry said. "I consider them an invaluable asset.”
Perry has exciting plans, including opening a second, larger Sips location in Clearfield. Between 2021 and 2022, he plans to build two more stores in the Davis County and Weber County area.
“Opening my own business is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done," Perry said. "However, it’s worth it because it’s something I’m passionate about.”
The Clearfield Sips location is opening March 2021. Its address is 1338 S State St. Clearfield, UT 84015.