Coffee Corner opens Central Avenue location

Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce Directors Jennifer Nelson and Rachelle Nelson congratulating Coffee Corner owners Scott and Cheryl Minks with a “first dollar” certificate during the grand opening of their new business in Milaca on Tuesday. Photo provided

Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce Directors Jennifer Nelson and Rachelle Nelson congratulating Coffee Corner owners Scott and Cheryl Minks with a “first dollar” certificate during the grand opening of their new business in Milaca on Tuesday.
Photo provided

After a much anticipated wait, Coffee Corner opened its doors in Milaca July 22.

Approval for the new coffee shop was granted early in 2014, but finding solid property with a good location proved to be a challenge for owners Scott and Cheryl Minks.

“When there wasn’t a commercial space that we liked for the commercial availability and the location, we looked at a house,” Cheryl Minks said.

They eventually found a house just off Highway 23 on Central Avenue, and after some serious renovation, it became what they wanted.

“We want to be a go-to place for coffee, blended drinks, ice drinks, lunch,” Cheryl Minks said.

The Minks even had to install a full commercial kitchen in the back. She admitted the work was not easy, and the drive-thru was their main concern.

“It was a lot of work,” Cheryl Minks said. “We’re not fast food, but we thought a drive-thru would be great for the area.”

After that they obtained a small menu license they set up an espresso bar, a cold press and of course have brewed coffee.

Cheryl Minks said they will have lunch specials with sandwiches and paninis. They will also have smoothies, other beverages and a few breakfast items.

Though it had been only a few days that the location had been open, Cheryl Minks said business has been good.

“It’s been very welcoming and very good,” she said. “Milaca has been waiting, waiting, waiting for us to turn the open sign on, so it’s very exciting.”

They are already planning on giving back to the community in some way as well.

“We want to give back. Our Princeton location gives to sports and have been on the Tiger card,” Cheryl Minks said.

The biggest reason for expansion for the Minks was due to demand.

“We heard people saying that they wish there was something in Milaca,” she said. “We started doing a little bit of homework, and we thought, ‘Yep, Milaca would be a good place.’”

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