New owners celebrate Temple News Agency’s century mark

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Temple News Agency’s tale has been woven into the LaPorte community for 100 years and today, new owners J.D. and Jennifer Flynn are penning its latest chapter.

“Every day I come in, I see some of the best people this city, county, state, and even country have to offer. One moment I’m hearing stories of the past from residents of the Rumely and the next I’m watching a young author come up with closing words to his first novel,” J.D. said. “We see first bites of Blue Moon ice cream and first times with coffee that doesn’t come from a chain. We see families honoring lost loved ones, students taking senior pictures, community groups planning their next projects, musicians writing songs, people trying to find a part of their history through our yearbook collection, and everything in between.

“We don’t just serve coffee, we become part of their stories, and to my wife and I, that is the greatest honor that this community could ever give us.”

J.D. says the coffee and ice cream shop is marking the milestone with events and specials throughout the year.

“My wife and I are very new to owning a business, but Temple has been an important part of our lives for a long time. It is truly an honor to just be involved in such a milestone, but to actually be the owners of such a longstanding establishment is truly humbling,” J.D. said. “LaPorte has a very rich history and a very bright future, and we are thrilled to be part of the legacy leading up to this and hope to remain a fixture in the community while the city grows with us.”

J.D. and Jennifer had been patrons of Temple, 816 Jefferson Ave., before taking the lead in September 2018.

“Temple has been a huge part of my life for quite a few years now. I do web development professionally and that allows me to work remotely for much of the week,” he says. “When I was looking for a reason to get out of the house and see daylight, I chose to start going to Temple and quickly became friends with the owner at the time, Joe Whicker, and found myself becoming a regular and getting to know the other regulars.”

J.D. cites the LaPorte County Historical Society on the building, which was designed by architect Robert M. Hyde.

“Temple gets its name from the Masonic Temple in which it sits,” he said. “Over the last century, several businesses have come and gone from the first and second floors of the Masonic Temple, but Temple News Agency has remained.”

In the future, the couple hope to host more events, such as game and open mic nights, as well as work on some renovations and remodeling and expand the lunch menu.

“Buying Temple and continuing the legacy is like being able to carry the torch of all the owners before us who have put a bit of themselves into Temple,” J.D. said. “From the antique cabinet to the musical instruments to the amazing coffee drinks to the ice cream creations, every one of them has left a mark on what Temple was and what it will be. We only hope that we can make a mark that keeps the legacy going.”

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