A small coffee stand at a farmers market has grown into three stores around Michigan, including the newest one in downtown East Lansing. Co-founders of Foster Coffee Company, Nicholas Pidek and Johnathon Moore, started testing coffee recipes and catering events in 2014. “John and I met in high school, we became really good friends, started a band together,” said Pidek. They opened their first retail space on South Washington Street in downtown Owosso with the vision to create a better community. “When we looked at our downtown, we said, ‘Hey, the only way we’re going to do this, the only way this works, is if we work with other businesses, non-profits and civic entities to really help elevate the whole community,” Pidek said.