Jackson and Tristan Bredehoft were worried that being closed for three months would ruin the customer base they’d built for Cafe Rica over the summer.
But they reopened the coffee shop on Wednesday at kiCH(ə)n, the new retail food service incubator at 80 West Michigan Ave. with a stream of return customers to welcome them.
“Being closed for as long as we were, we were worried about losing some regulars,” Jackson Bredehoft said. “32 Social opened up, but we’ve seen a lot of our regulars already, and it’s looking pretty solid.”
Cafe Rica opened at BC Cargo, the pop-up shipping container marketplace that was open downtown June through November.
At kiCH(ə)n, Cafe Rica will have a yearlong lease that will prepare them for moving to a permanent brick-and-mortar location. The cafe will be open seven days a week and has added espresso drinks, Continental Pastries & Deli baked goods, specialty teas and more to its menu.
“Today about half the stuff ordered has been new stuff, which is great,” Bredehoft said on Wednesday.
Cafe Rica regular Russell Bloch was one of the customers who stopped by on Wednesday, to get his usual caramel cold brew coffee.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “I’m glad for them. I know it’s a big step, but they’re hard workers, they’re good people.”
The coffee shop reopened starting Wednesday, Feb. 6, at kiCH(ə)n, the new retail food service incubator at 80 West Michigan Ave. Natasha Blakely, Battle Creek Enquirer
But the Bredehofts aren’t alone at kiCH(ə)n. Alongside Cafe Rica’s drinks will be dessert items from local dessert business Simply Sensational Berries.
Markeeta Haddley started selling desserts about two years ago while she worked at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods, a senior living facility. She posted on Facebook about some desserts she had made, some friends liked the look of her creations, and her business got started through word of mouth.
Simply Sensational Berries will move into kiCH(ə)n sometime before Valentine’s Day. It will remain mainly a catering business, though she will sell some of her desserts out of Cafe Rica.
“I’m super excited because it opens up the clientele that I can get,” Haddley said.
Haddley makes chocolate-covered fruit, pretzels, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake bites and more. In the store, she plans to sell chocolate-covered strawberries and pretzels, turtle chocolates and an ever-changing item of the day.
“It’s great to see another storefront not closed on Michigan Avenue,” Bredehoft said.
Contact reporter Natasha Blakely at (269) 223-0114 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @blakelynat.
80 West Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI
Hours: Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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