252 Chestnut St stands today as Tarot Bean Roasting Company, a community oriented coffee shop and roastery owned by Michael and Tonya Reed. Along with providing coffee, other beverages, and freshly baked goods, Tarot Bean also acts as a gathering space, welcoming formal community events and informal meetings. Inside, the walls are filled with unique and charming art by local artists. The Reeds took a first step in establishing their business when they opened a coffee shop Drogo N' Tuck Artisan Cafe in the Market House. Tarot Bean opened in 2017 in its own space at 252 Chestnut St. with a community-funded interest-free loan of $10,000 from KIVA.
For Mike Reed, support of local organizations and artists builds a strong foundation for Meadville that’s not just industry based. He explains: “Whereas now tool and die is building back up, we're not putting all of our eggs in that basket as a community. We have a very artistic community. We are trying to create a stronger relationship with the hospital and with Allegheny College and the faculty and students. We are building a wider foundation, so instead of building a pillar we are building a pyramid. When one thing crumbles there will still be other things supporting the community.”
In the heart of downtown, this Chestnut street location has been a vital part of the economy throughout Meadville’s history. In 1886, a wallpaper business owned by George H Clarke is documented there, followed by dry goods and notions stores owned by J.B. Dewoody and D.R. Woodring. H Jacobs & Co. operated a merchant tailors establishment there in 1905. But for over 70 years, 252 Chestnut was known as a jewelry store. Harry E Fabel was there by 1907, having relocated his shop to this larger space from his earlier 234 Chestnut St address. In 1922, he was succeeded by Harry T Charles, who stayed in the jewelry business until 1960. After that, from 1961 until 1980, it was Dean’s Jewelry and finally Zelasco Jewelry until 1989. You can see evidence of this use of the premises from the safe that is still embedded in the wall. After it was no longer a jewelers, 252 Chestnut Street housed a variety of business, including Linn Farms, the Artist Gallery and Gift Shop, Jeanne’s Candies and Gifts, real estate offices, and a vape shop.