“I was trained as a physician, but born an
entrepreneur. It’s a great combination. Doctors are
problem solvers, calm in a crisis, but always alert.
These traits translate to entrepreneurship. Creativity
never sleeps and smart people drink coffee.
That’s the essence of my business model—
combining high-end design and printing with
barista service. I serve Counter Culture
Number 46, medium to bold, delicious.
A little cream, no sugar. It’s perfect—
like our printing.”

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Keith Leaphart’s Creative Café @Replica is helping
to “activate” the street level of the Science Center’s
campus one cup of coffee at a time.
Keith Leaphart’s Creative Café @Replica is helping
to “activate” the street level of the Science Center’s
campus one cup of coffee at a time.

“I was trained as a physician, but born an
entrepreneur. It’s a great combination. Doctors are
problem solvers, calm in a crisis, but always alert.
These traits translate to entrepreneurship. Creativity
never sleeps and smart people drink coffee.
That’s the essence of my business model—
combining high-end design and printing with
barista service. I serve Counter Culture
Number 46, medium to bold, delicious.
A little cream, no sugar. It’s perfect—
like our printing.”

my ENDEAVOR

My business model is the first in the country to combine design and print with coffee and comfort food. We have a very welcoming environment, more like a social spot than a print shop. Kinkos® meets Starbucks®. Sometimes the two intersect and we can review the proof of a portfolio over a latte with a client. We work with everyone from brides-to-be to corporate giants. We are perfectionists by nature, with six trained graphic designers in-house. Their skill level is far higher than anyone on the street.

my NEXT STEPS

With our success in Center City and at the Science Center, we are now preparing to franchise and expand our concept. My goal, right now, is to get Creative Café @Replica off the ground and growing, first in Greater Philadelphia and then in other high-visibility, high-traffic locations in the Delaware Valley. After that, we can spread out across the country.

my NETWORK

I love to be around innovative people. Entrepreneurs inspire me every day, plus I get feedback from other entrepreneurs. I’m tremendously inspired by Energy Plus™, the energy startup born in the Science Center, developed in the Science Center, and eventually sold out of the nest. I’d love my business model to achieve that level of financial success. I’m also impressed by the young entrepreneurs at the Science Center with startups like Colabination. They are making it happen. Outside of my business network, you’ll find me advocating for disadvantaged kids in Philadelphia as part of my work as chairman of the board of the Lenfest Foundation.

my HABITAT

My office is a fish bowl, all glass.
I can see all the traffic. People look at me, which is kind of weird, but I am exactly where I want to be. I like to be able to see people coming and going. Han Dynasty is right next door, the most authentic Chinese food in the city, and a home run with customers.