Steady Eddy’s named Yolo County Small Business of the Year

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Since 2013, Jamell “Mel” and Carla Wroten have operated local coffee shop and community meeting hub, Steady Eddy’s.

The Wroten’s commitment to the community and hard work has paid off. California State Senator, Bill Dodd, District 3, named Steady Eddy’s Coffee House “Yolo County Small Business of the Year” for 2021.

In his announcement, Dodd said, “Jamell and Carla have made a huge impact on Winters, especially over the past 16 months of the pandemic,” and “their generosity and community spirit show they really care and demonstrate why it is so important to support our small businesses. I’m happy to recognize them for their outstanding achievement.”

When asked how it felt to be named Yolo County Small Business of the Year, Carla said, “It’s our win.”

The Wrotens bought Steady Eddy’s, located at 5 East Main St., to create a coffee shop that focused on community. Carla said, “We want to be known as a community hub. A gathering place for information and presenting local issues.”

Although known for their food and drinks, the Wrotens have grown their social media presence while building their brand. Not only do they operate Steady Eddy’s, but they also roast their own beans and sell wholesale. Many of Winters’ restaurants feature Steady Eddy’s coffee.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Carla said they adjusted to be the “best ‘to go’ coffee shop.” They also focused on take-out food and corporate lunch orders for businesses like Ikea. With the new mask mandate in effect on July 30, Carla said, “it feels like we’re going backward.”

Carla serves as a board member for the Winters Downtown Business Association and both Carla and Mel support local events like Coffee Fest, which they hosted two years in a row. She said there is a positive “synergy” between board members and the city has been “very supportive.”

“We have created a coffee shop that is focused on community and people, and it has brought our family great happiness and purpose. Winters is a special place to live and own a business and we are fortunate to be a part of its success,” said Carla.

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