Beanhead Brothers (photo by Noor Hindi)

Beanhead Brothers ‘was a no-brainer’ for lifelong friends

by Noor Hindi

For Derek “Tricky” Fromby, opening The Beanhead Brothers “was a no-brainer.” For 15 years, Fromby held onto the vision of the coffee shop he dreamed of one day owning, with smooth coffee, comfortable seating, relaxed music and opportunities for customers to support local artists.

All Fromby needed was an opportunity. 

That’s when Kevin Tyler called him. Shortly after Amazon announced they would be opening a fulfilment center on Romig Road, Tyler jumped at the chance to provide the employees with coffee. 

“It was like, bam! It was instant,” says Fromby. “We already had the name and everything.” 

Shortly after that call, the two came together to open The Beanhead Brothers alongside another partner, Jesus Ruiz. The coffee shop opened in November. 

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Fromby and Tyler have known each other their whole lives. Before opening Beanhead Brothers, Fromby owned a construction company. Tyler owned a restaurant and club, among other businesses. 

Fromby considers himself the creative brains behind Beanhead Brothers, and he designed the coffee shop and much of the furniture in the space. His background as a DJ also comes alive in the two guitars customers can play and the stage that will host performances and open mic nights after the pandemic ends. 

“Anybody can walk in and play whenever they want to play. That’s the whole idea,” Fromby says.

Though they didn’t anticipate the pandemic in 2019 when they started planning for Beanhead Brothers, Fromby says they’re lucky because “people still want their coffee.” 

“The only impact from the virus is we can’t do what we want to do with the live jazz and the music,” Fromby says. 

The Beanhead Brothers menu offers sandwiches, coffee, tea, fruit bowls and smoothies. The smoothies are named after Fromby and Tyler’s kids. A favorite menu item among customers and employees is the Pookie Delight, which includes peanut butter, almond milk and bananas. 

Visit The Beanhead Brothers at 2495 Romig Rd. in Akron. They’re open Monday-Friday from 7 am-7 pm and Saturday from 7 am-3 pm. 

Noor Hindi is The Devil Strip’s Equity and Inclusion Reporter. Email her at