Shop Of­fers A Fresh Cup Of Joe

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

PRAIRIE GROVE — The build­ing that once housed a place to get gas in the 1930s now houses a place to get a cup of cof­fee.

Mag­no­lia Cof­fee House is named af­ter the old Mag­no­lia Gas Sta­tion in Prairie Grove and is owned by Richard and Dei­dre Mays of Ho­g­eye. It is their first time to own a busi­ness but Dei­dre has cof­fee ex­pe­ri­ence and her hus­band works in con­struc­tion.

The cof­fee house is lo­cated in the Prairie Grove Event Cen­ter at 151 E. Buchanan St. The city’s po­lice depart­ment, dis­trict court and other of­fices used to be in this build­ing and the cof­fee shop is in the area that once housed the po­lice depart­ment.

Dei­dre was look­ing for some-

thing to in­vest in when she saw a post on the Face­book page for Prairie Grove Event Cen­ter. Rick Ault, owner of the cen­ter, threw out the idea for some­one to open a cof­fee shop in the build­ing.

“So we just went for it,” Dei­dre said.

Richard put his con­struc­tion skills to work and built a beau­ti­ful wooden counter, a wood sign for the menu and other items for the shop. They pur­chased equip­ment, in­clud­ing es­presso and cof­fee grinders and an es­presso ma­chine, and Dei­dre be­gan re­search and vis­it­ing other cof­fee shops to fig­ure out what they wanted to serve.

The shop opened about four months ago and busi­ness has been great, Dei­dre said.

“It’s been in­cred­i­ble,” she added. “This is re­ally a sup­port­ive town and a good place to open a busi­ness.”

Mag­no­lia Cof­fee House has about 50 dif­fer­ent op­tions of hot and cold drinks. One of the most pop­u­lar ones is Caramel Mac­chi­ato. Smooth­ies, lat­tes and frap­puc­ci­nos are pop­u­lar drinks also.

The shop is buy­ing and serv­ing pas­tries from Fat Rolls bak­ery down the street in Prairie Grove and is look­ing at pos­si­ble food items to sell in the fu­ture. One cer­tainty, Dei­dre said, is that the shop will have a ma­chine for soft-serve ice cream.

Other plans are to open a Mo­bile Mag­no­lia food truck to use at fundrais­ers and events.

Dei­dre said she is al­ready see­ing reg­u­lar cus­tomers. The drive-through is pop­u­lar in the morn­ing. Other cus­tomers are moms with their kids, peo­ple meet­ing for busi­ness and those who have been shop­ping down­town.

The shop of­fers fresh Onyx cof­fee, Dei­dre said. The cof­fee is roasted on Mon­day and Dei­dre buys it on Tues­day for the week. The next Tues­day any­thing left over is thrown away.

“So what you get is fresh,” she noted.

Mag­no­lia Cof­fee House has part­nered on some give­aways, fundrais­ers and spe­cials with other down­town Prairie Grove busi­nesses and Dei­dre said she is look­ing for­ward to other ways the lo­cal stores can sup­port each other.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Dei­dre Mays and her hus­band, Rick, own the new Mag­no­lia Cof­fee House in down­town Prairie Grove. She has cof­fee ex­pe­ri­ence but this is the first time for the cou­ple to have their own busi­ness.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Dei­dre Mays of Ho­g­eye cre­ated the logo for the new cof­fee house she and her hus­band own. The cof­fee house is named af­ter the for­mer Mag­no­lia Gas Sta­tion, lo­cated in the same build­ing in the 1930s.

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