Sisters Carol Arnott and Connie Smith plan to bring gourmet coffee and french pastries to Roseburg with their new business, Le Petit Café.
The café will open with a celebration event Wednesday.
Along with coffees, juices, smoothies and tea drinks, Le Petit Café will offer breakfast and lunch with salads, french cuisine, and fresh-baked pastries and desserts made by local bakers and vendors. Free WiFi will be available so customers can stay to work or just relax.
Smith said Le Petit Café will focus on healthy, high-quality food, while giving local vendors a chance to promote themselves.
Smith said opening the business with her sister is a great opportunity. She said the two of them had been talking about opening a business together in the past, and when the chance came they both invested in it.
“We want to help the community out and bring good vibes and good food to the area,” Smith said. “We’ll keep it family-oriented and positive and create a great atmosphere.”
Smith said when customers walk in, she wants them to feel immediately welcomed with friendly faces and positive energy. Arnott said she also wants the café to be a place to slow down, enjoy the coffee and food and be a part of the community.
The café will also be canine-oriented, as Arnott said she plans to offer a “puppuccino” treat for dogs.
From Sherwood and Newberg, respectively, Arnott said she and Smith both fell in love with Roseburg.
“I like the small town community and I think Southern Oregon is beautiful,” Arnott said. She said she noticed Roseburg doesn’t have a lot of places with French flair, and she wants to help the downtown thrive with customers out and about walking between different venues.
“It’s a way to bring life back to downtown in a small community,” she said.
Le Petit Café’s grand opening event is slated for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday with specials, free samples, a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon and live music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The business will be open from 7 am. to 7 p.m. daily.
The café property is 960 square feet and has a total real market value of $68,340, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office. Before it became Le Petit Café, the building had sat empty for a few years. The previous occupant was a jewelry store that closed in 2014.
The sisters plan to offer a high-tea event for Mother’s Day, a chess night and trivia night, and host meetings for local organizations who need the space. They also plan to have an art wall for local artisans to display their work. With capacity for 15 people, the café is available for private events.
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