Our History


After many years away, we have finally decided to return home, to the quaint little city of Auburn, New York, nestled in at the head of Owasco Lake.

Our intention, upon my daughter's graduation from high school in June 2018, is to wrap up our lives in Washington, DC and leave the craziness of “the big city” (& I-95) behind us to settle in the beautiful, albeit sometimes snowier, Finger Lakes Region, to open a social house, serving espresso-based drinks, small-batch craft beer, and local artisanal wine with locally-sourced baked goods, handmade power balls (think granola cookie-dough), smoked meats, cheeses, and other whole foods treats in the rapidly developing downtown business district of Auburn, New York.

Our community-centered social house will provide approximately seventy percent locally-sourced food in a comfortable atmosphere in which local professionals, students, and families will feel at ease to enjoy their experience in lounge chairs and a large window-seating area. Octane Social House will host numerous in-house special events including live musical performances and entertainment, local-interest workshops, with an on-site used bookstore, in-house games, and small-business promotions (LuLaRoe, etc.). Any time of the day, we will offer high quality espresso drinks and teas, nitro cold brew on tap (available to be sold in growlers too), Italian sodas, and juices in a comfortable free Wi-Fi environment where you are welcomed to relax and enjoy a book, play a game or just enjoy the sights, sounds, and hospitality of a friendly staff and their patrons in this beautiful historic city.

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Thank you so much

From Early On

With local residents named:

•David Millard: Business Owner (Grocer)
•A.G.: Superintendent of Trolley Operations
•Jairus: Adventurer and Business Owner
•Charles Henry: Business Owner (Grocer)
•Dewitt: Chief Bookkeeper for Dunn & McCarthy
•Elma: Accountant for Dunn & McCarthy
•Charles Marion: Business Owner
(Coffee Roaster / Grocer)
•Myron & Van Dorsen: Attorneys at Law
•Fred: Horse Drawn & Electric Trolley Operator
•Will: Dairyman (Hunter Dairy)
•Mitchel: Business Owner (Food Broker) / School Board member
•June: Schoolteacher for 40 years / Writer

These Auburnians worked hard to make this city what it is. They lived here, worked here, & shopped here. Most importantly, they provided us a foundation for entrepreneurial opportunities and an appreciation of the area’s history, culture, and community.