FARMINGTON — Holy Grounds Coffee Shop located in the Oasis Christian Book Store opened their doors in 2003 as one of the first Espresso coffee shops in the area.
Owner Jane Cook announced on Feb. 6 she would be closing Holy Grounds Coffee Shop to pursue other adventures. However, the Oasis Christian Bookstore is doing great and Cook said the bookstore will remain open. She just has other dreams she wants to chase right now. The book store will offer complimentary coffee for customers who want to come in and relax or browse through the shop.
Cook said before they opened up she did research and had a mentor to help open their doors. They trained the baristas so customers would get a great coffee experience when they walked in.
Through the years the coffee shop not only added healthy smoothies with no additives, they also became known for their muffins which were available in the coffee shop.
Cook said the coffee shop was fun and it was a tough call to make.
“When Holy Grounds opened in 2003, we were the only espresso-based coffee shop in the area and we have been the longest standing. It has been bittersweet looking back over the years of customers and employees etc. What a wonderful time it has been in my life. I just want to say thank you again,” said Cook, on their Facebook page.
The first Friday of the month is customer appreciation day and muffins may pop up every now and then,” Cook said.
It is tough letting the coffee shop go, but Cook has a desire to help others. She has gone to Africa on missions trips and helped dig three wells there and used to be an art teacher. She already has an idea for another creative vision on what to do with the space where the coffee shop is.
Monday Cook will be posting some announcements on the Oasis Christian Bookstore Facebook page.
“We are extremely busy since everyone found out we are closing,” she added.
Cook said when the economy started having issues in 2007 she lowered the prices and put a “7” in all the coffee shop prices. They put a sign up that said, “Put the thanks back in your pocket.”
This was their way of thanking customers and having faith in a struggling economy.
One thing Cook said they always tried to do with the coffee shop was not make it intimidating with people when they came in.
“When people go into an Espresso bar for the first time it can be intimidating because you don’t know what you are ordering or getting. We wanted people to feel comfortable when they came here,” she said.
Cook wants to thank all their customers through the years. When Oasis Christian Bookstore started almost 10 years ago the vision was for people to have a place to come and visit. They can look, even if they don’t buy anything. The store will continue to have bottled water, tea and complimentary coffee, as well as places to sit.
Cook said this was not an easy decision to make, but they invite everyone to come and see what their new adventures will be.
Maridee Lawson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 756-8927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.