Tero is the main face behind the bar. Annakreeta owns the building and part of the business, but for now continues with her day job elsewhere. We’ve kept changes at the bar to a minimum: we aim to preserve the well-known cultural heritage of the place, while refining the selection and customer experience to match the needs of today’s customers. As a counterpower to today’s fast-paced lifestyle, we want to offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere that brings your heart rate down and invites you to pause for a moment.
We both love all things old. We’ve decorated our home with vintage furniture, Tero works on old cars as a hobby and Annakreeta is crazy about old houses. In 2018, Annakreeta visited Kahvibaari for the first time. It was love at first sight, and thus the idea of owning the place was born. She slept on the thought and returned to the bar the next day to ask whether the bar and the building would be for sale. Anneli’s reply was: “Why not, go ahead and buy the whole thing”. In a couple of months, Annakreeta was the owner of the building, but taking over the bar was a more complicated task. It took courage, business studies, a reliable partner and a lot of thinking and planning. Annakreeta had started crafting a business plan already in 2017, but eventually worked on the plan together with Tero for another two years after buying the building. Finally in 2020 the time was right.