3 Thirty-Three Apothecary Offers Space for Mind, Body and Soul

NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Dressed in green garb, four people walked into the 3 Thirty-Three Apothecary coffee shop for a quick break from St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

“This is stop number six,” said Jerry Finnimore of Hermitage, joined by Sharpsville friends Kris Lenzi, and Tom and Tammy Atterholt.

They were among the first customers to be served at the new coffee shop at 121 Enclave Drive. Finnimore is cousins with Shannon Elliot, who owns 3 Thirty-Three with her husband, Chris. Finnimore wanted to support his family on their first day open, he said.

Kris Lenzi and Jerry Finnimore enjoy their coffee drinks with friends Tom and Tammy Atterholt at 3 Thirty-Three Apothecary.

“It’s great,” he said. “She had a vision in her head. She walked into this place six months ago when it was a doctor’s office.” 

Finnimore works in the construction industry and helped his cousin bring her vision to reality. 

The Elliotts previously owned Mugsies Coffee House in New Wilmington for five years. They outgrew the space, Shannon Elliott said, but they also wanted to be closer to their 6-year-old daughter’s school in Neshannock.

“We wanted to serve the community we live in,” she said. The shop’s grand opening continues today and into Saturday.

Almost everything inside the shop was repurposed from Mugsies, from tables to coffee machines, she said.

Before owning coffee shops, Shannon worked in the wholesale automotive industry for 25 years, and Chris in the steel industry for about 20. They decided to make a change and get involved in their community because “we just love people,” she said.

Behind the name, 3 Thirty-Three, is the representation of the family unit, Shannon Elliott said. “We can’t have one without the other.”  It also represents mind, body and spirit. “We want our customers to have a place where their soul feels good,” she said.

Thursday’s opening on St. Patrick’s Day was perfect, Elliott said, as she and her husband each have Irish and Scottish heritage. “Our heritage is important to us.”

Staff mix drinks for customers.

They follow coffee house models as they are in the United Kingdom, she said. When customers walk in, they’re asked what they would like. From there, employees will help customers create a drink through nine different types of milk and more than 50 flavors.

“We’re knowledgeable that we’re able to pair those things, create an actual drink for somebody, and explain to them what it is, why things go together” like brown sugar and oatmeal, Elliott said.

In the near future, 3 Thirty-Three will carry CBD-infused beverages to customers 18 years and older. Nothing with espresso is served to children under 16 years of age unless a parent is present. That’s because Elliott said caffeine can be viewed as addictive or have effects on youth like rapid heart rate.

Focus on wellness is a nod to the medical industry, which Elliott said has really been challenged over the course of the last two years. 

In addition to supporting medical, the Elliotts work with local companies for supplies of milk, baked goods and honey.

“It’s important to us to continue to build relationships with other local businesses,” Elliott said. That sentiment carries over now as the pandemic seems to be nearing its end, which saw many small businesses struggle to survive or completely shut their doors.

“The concept of small business is not a new one, but it is one that has been in danger over the past couple of years,” she said.

For more information, including job opportunities with 3 Thirty-Three Apothecary, visit 333Apothecary.com

Pictured at top: Chris and Shannon Elliott and their daughter, Emma, cut the ribbon to their new coffee shop, 3 Thirty-Three Apothecary at 121 Enclave Drive in Neshannock Township, Pa.

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