Two couples combine experience, talents to become first-time entrepreneurs

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Katie Regan and Ned Macaddino took over ownership of Metro Perc along with co-owners Julie and Robert Jensen on Oct. 1, 2013.  Katie Regan and Ned Macaddino aren’t content to let Metro Perc, the coffeehouse they and another couple recently purchased, be just a place where people sit around and consume cappuccinos.

Whether it’s group painting and artistry, acoustic-oriented music or the recent holiday season arrival of Santa Claus astride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the delight of children and parents alike, Regan in particular plans to make sure Metro Perc offers opportunities to interact and engage.

“We want to do poetry readings, casual acoustic music, things of that nature,” she says. “That’s part of my passion, doing things like that. Working with the community, having family events, things that get people coming together and getting to know each other, especially from this neighborhood.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Coffee continues to be served at Metro Perc Coffee House & Drive-Thru, with new owners, Katie Regan, Ned Macaddino and Julie and Robert Jensen.

Hillsboro residents Regan and Macaddino, and their partners Robert and Julie Jepsen of Beaverton, took over the business at 16325 S.W. Barrows Road from Kim Wolf on Oct. 1. Wolf, who opened the coffeehouse in 2008, remains a loyal customer.

In addition to a drive-through window along Barrows Road, the coffeehouse features indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces, a patio, high ceilings and seating options from comfortable stuffed chairs to high wooden tables.

Macaddino, 35, a financial analyst in Hillsboro, and Regan, a project manager specializing in marketing and public relations, felt they would enjoy the stimulation and challenge of operating a community-oriented business while maintaining their day jobs.

“We always thought it would be cool and interesting,” Macaddino says of the partners’ first retail business venture. “Every time we’d go in, we’d say, ‘Wouldn’t it be really cool to own one of these, engage with customers and be part of the community?’ But we never had the guts to pull it off. Then this opportunity came, so we decided to pull the trigger. And it’s been great.”

The partners retained Wolf’s staff members while adding a couple new baristas to keep the inside counter and drive-thru windows flowing smoothly. To complement the coffee by Beaverton-based Dovetail Coffee Roasters, Metro Perc offers baked goods and a breakfast and lunch menu featuring bagels, sandwiches, hummus plates and other snack items.

Wolf put the new owners in touch with Dovetail owner Cathy Zellmer, who opened the roasting operation at 7901 S.W. Nimbus Ave. in April 2012.

“We liked it because it’s another small business,” Macaddino says. “We partnered with them from almost the first day. We want to support small businesses. People enjoy their coffee. It’s a pretty good relationship with people just down the road. Small business owners need to stick together.”

Regan, who has a daughter, Taylor, 5, and son, Preston, 7 months, with Macaddino, admits she expressed initial reservations about balancing the couple’s various work and family responsibilities.

“At the very beginning, I was the one who was more skeptical,” she says. “I thought, Ned has so many roles in his life, I was worried about taking away from family time. Now I’m seeing how we can integrate it with family time, so I’m more optimistic.”

Having four partners with differing schedules works to their advantage. by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Hayley DeBois,a senior at Tualatin High Schoo,l enjoys going to Metro Perc because it's much quieter than other coffee houses.

“All four of us bring separate skills and backgrounds,” Regan says, noting Julie Jepsen has a customer relations background, while Robert’s is in operations management.

“We try to delegate things out, “ Macaddino says.

With an application in to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a wine and beer license, the partners envision Metro Perc evolving into more of a nighttime destination.

“We plan it to be more of a lounge feel than a bar,” Macaddino says.

A native of Traverse City, Mich., who moved to Oregon 12 years ago, the soft-spoken Macaddino says his multifaceted career approach started early in life.

“I’ve always been a hard worker,” he says. “When I was 16 and on (summer) break, I had three jobs. I’m not really sure where I get it from. It just comes natural.

“I work hard and play hard,” he adds with a grin.

As with any new venture, Macaddino admits being the new coffee kids on the block isn’t all fun and glory.

“I think there’s been some challenges I didn’t expect,” he says. “But it’s been really fun. We’ve met a lot of people in the local communities, other small business owners. We’ve learned a lot. I think we all have.

“We hope to keep it going.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - John Stephenson,  manager of Metro Perc Coffee House & Drive-Thru, makes a cappuccino for a customer.

Metro Perc-ing up

What: Metro Perc Coffee House & Drive-thru, under new ownership by two Hillsboro and Beaverton-based couples

Where: 16325 S.W. Barrows Road near Progress Ridge

Who: Owners Katie Regan, Ned Macaddino, and Julie and Robert Jensen

Hours: Seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with evening hours coming soon


Call: 503-579-7372