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Ellefson Coffee Company’s first ever brick and mortar store will hold its official grand opening this spring.
The event will be held April 7 – 9. It comes almost three months after the store held its soft opening, which was held Jan. 10. The company is named after its founder, Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson.
The store is located in Ellefson’s hometown of Jackson, MN. Ellefson will be on hand for the grand opening. He will be joined by comedian and That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson. Jameson said in a recent interview that he gladly accepted Ellefson’s request to appear at the event, while also praising the power of one of Ellefson Coffee Company’s select coffee lines.
“He’s (Ellefson) a Grammy®-winning musician, thrash metal legend and now…Mega Barista!,” Jamieson said. “When David and I spoke about this event, I was immediately excited to jump on board. In fact, after a few cups of his Kenya Thrash blend, I may just run all the way to Jackson, MN! So come raise a glass of java, and join us for this celebration of Ellefson coffee.”
Ellefson was also excited for his store’s official hard opening.
“This is our heavy metal spring break in Jackson!,” Ellefson said. “We look forward to hosting some really fun events centering around my career’s roots and history in the area, as well as a chance to see some memorabilia from my friends in music, film and TV.”
Some of the memorabilia on display at the store will include Dave’s Jackson High School marching band uniform to see, and items from other bands including Korn, Coal Chamber, Machine Head, and others.
Along with memorabilia, the store will also offer products from Ellefson’s fledgling record label, EMP Label Group for sale and Ellefson Coffee Company products.
Ellefson’s ECC partner Tom Hazaert stressed the new store, while already having been opened since January, will be a special place for coffee lovers and for Jackson, MN’s metal community for the foreseeable future.
“Not only will Ellefson Coffee Company now have a permanent face in David’s hometown, but being able to tie in EMP, and everything else we do, and with the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique and amazing (and coffee) experience that we are sure will not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the world,” Hazaert said.
As part of the store’s hard opening, author Adrian Lee will join Ellefson and company as they take visitors and customers on a haunted tour of nearby Loon Lake Cemetery. The cemetery is where one Mary Jane Terwilliger is said to be buried. According to legend, Terwilliger, born in 1862, was beheaded by residents of Petersburg, MN in 1881 after being accused of being a witch. However, research has debunked that myth, proving she in fact died at the age of 17 allegedly from diphtheria.
Due to the myth surrounding Terwilliger and her death becoming so popular, she became the topic of the song ‘Mary Jane,’ which is included in the band’s 1988 album So Far, So Good…So What! Terwilliger’s headstone stands today at the Jackson County Historical Society office.
Ellefson Coffee Company’s store is located at 404 Second Street, Jackson, MN 26143. More information on Ellefson Coffee Company’s store, its coffee lines, and more is available online now at:
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