[biography]

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Frank Reber is a musician, recording engineer, culinary enthusiast, barista, and small business owner residing in Muncie, Indiana. Frank graduated with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, with a focus in audio production from Ball State University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Digital Storytelling & Journalism. Frank was also an intern at Electrical Audio, in Chicago, where he learned the art of analog recording mediums.

In 2009, Frank renovated his personal home recording studio in preparation to become a full-service recording studio. The studio was dubbed “Reber Recording” with the goal of providing high end recording services to the musicians of Muncie. Frank considers music to be an integral part of any community and prided himself on being able to work with even the most meager of budgets as he believes that money should not be the only deciding factor as to what music should be documented. It was this idea that inspired Frank and Lauren to donate their time and talents to create the Musical Family Tree Sessions in 2012. The point of these sessions was to invite bands and solo musicians into the studio to perform five songs (preferably that had not been recorded before). The sessions were recorded and photographed (free of charge) to be uploaded to the Musical Family Tree website to be enjoyed by the masses (also free of charge). The project was sponsored Rode Microphones and Sweetwater Sound. The whole project was received with great fanfare and resulted in 40,000+ downloads and streams.

During the height of the MFT sessions, Frank spent the year teaching Post Audio Production at Ball State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. It was at this same time Frank and Lauren were spending their nights and available weekends researching small town coffee shops in the hopes of one day opening their own.

In 2014, Frank and Lauren opened up The Caffeinery; a gourmet coffee shop and tea house in downtown Muncie. Having lived downtown for several years, Frank and Lauren are very familiar with the area. It was no secret that the downtown area was in great need of a coffee shop. No downtown is complete without a locally owned coffee shop to keep the community energized while also providing a space to meet coworkers, friends, and family.

In 2015, The Caffeinery was awarded 4th place in the America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition in Chicago, IL as part of Coffee Fest 2015. Today the shop continues to thrive as an integral part of the Muncie community.

In 2016, Frank was a recipient of the prestigious 20 under 40 award, by Muncie Magazine.