Spark Cafe: In Action

A review of the new, pay-it-forward, Versailles cafe

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Spark Cafe: In Action

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Have you noticed the opening of the new Cafe in downtown Versailles? Well, we had a chance to go visit. The new cafe is the incredible result of a Woodford County High School Community Activism class.  The idea for the cafe started about three years ago as a small part of a festival downtown. As the years went by, the students who first went to the festival wanted to expand the idea into a pay-it-forward cafe for the town of Versailles.

If your pocket is full, pay it forward. If your pockets are light, pay what you can. If your pockets are empty, volunteer your time.”

When you walk into the restaurant you are greeted with a host who will seat you. The inside of the building has been completely redone, but, it’s not like a normal restaurant; you might be there with a friend or family but the tables are close enough that you are encouraged to start talking with everyone there. The sense of community in the cafe is like no other.

The sense of community in the cafe is like no other.”

Everyone that works at Spark Community Cafe is volunteer, with the exception of a few people. All the volunteers are giving their time in order to serve the public, without pay. Only a few people get paid, like the chef. He was hired and works in the back to make the wonderful food. The idea of payment, on your end, is this: “If your pocket is full, pay it forward. If your pockets are light, pay what you can. If your pockets are empty, volunteer your time.”

The cafe serves different food every month. They have food sent in from local farmers, so it depends on what is growing and what’s in season. Their menu is always changing. When we went, we had delicious sandwiches with macaroni and cheese. They will most likely have new options every time you go, so the food never gets old.

Spark Cafe opened in March. To find more information about them, here is their website. Go and check them out! Spark supports local and homegrown food and was started by high schoolers. It truly is bringing the community together as a place for all ages to visit!