Kim’s Koffee: New coffee shop a family affairSeptember 26, 2019
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — Kim’s Koffee is set to open next week and the coffee shop has been a long time coming for the owner, whose name is half of the business’ name: Kim Kerr.
“I’m looking forward to being open,” she said, “being downtown decorating for Christmas, and serving people.”
The business, located at 410 E. Fourth St. in Huntingburg, will have a soft opening at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Kim’s husband, Bob, said it’s always been one of Kim’s dreams to open a coffee shop.
“Kim is the face and personality, the body, heart and soul of the place,” he said.
Kim and Bob are high school sweethearts and were born and raised in North Dakota, The couple has lived in many places, including Minnesota for about 15 years.
They have lived in Huntingburg for the last two years, coming to area for Bob’s job.
“We like this small-town feel. It’s like where we grew up,” Bob said. “To get back to that small-town camaraderie is great. Everybody is so welcoming.”
Their two daughters are also in the area; their son still lives in Minnesota. Their youngest daughter, Ashlie, is helping run the cafe.
There will be a wide variety of coffee flavors, including Kim’s signature Kim’s Mocha. There will also be seasonal flavors.
“There will be a pumpkin spice in the fall,” Bob said, “a red velvet around Valentine’s Day, things like that.”
Customers will be able to choose from a variety of coffees, or order straight black.
For those who don’t drink coffee, the cafe will also have teas and fruit smoothies. Kim went to Atlanta to sample a variety of teas to bring to the cafe.
Kim’s Koffee will also sell sandwiches, salads, pastries, ice cream and a variety of homemade soups made from family recipes. “The soups will be unique to this area,” Ashlie said, “and they are very good.”
With previous barista experience, Ashlie will be heavily involved in the day-to-day operations and has been prominent in designing the shop.
The place has been completely redone, including utility upgrades, moving the furnace to the back electrical room, adding insulation, updating the restroom to make it ADA-accessible, installing a kitchen near the front counter, and totally remodeling the inside with new equipment, furniture and fixtures. A remodeled office is upstairs.
There will be plenty of tables, some comfy chairs near the fireplace and televisions on the walls.
The Kerrs bought the shop more than a year ago. Soon after they arrived in July 2017, Kim, who is battling various medical issues, ended up in the hospital. She was there until November of that year, “just in time for Christmas,” Bob said. “And this (the cafe) was her Christmas present.”
Ashlie said that having worked on the coffee shop’s remodeling while her family has been going through ongoing medical challenges, she is looking forward to interacting with the public in the cafe setting.
It will be nice to socialize more, and meet more people,” she said. “Everyone has been super friendly. We haven’t had the best luck for medical issues in our family. But the community has been very understanding.”
Kim and Ashlie will run the cafe and Bob will help in the evenings. Other baristas will be hired as well.
The cafe is also listed on a nationwide mobile app called Joe Coffee, which shows available coffee shops. People will be able place orders through the app, pay through the app and then the orders will be ready when they get to the cafe.
Kim’s Koffee is looking to have a grand opening at the end of October. But in the meantime, they will be open for limited hours as they train.
The cafe will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. There will be also be weekend hours for the soft opening. Those will be announced on the business’ Facebook page, as well as the permanent business hours once they are set.
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