Melissa Phillips offered her Wheatgrass Juice Bar within the procuring middle subsequent to Kohl’s in April, after 5 years.
Then, she took two months off and began work on Twelve Cities Espresso & Café, which had its grand opening on Tuesday.
It’s simply off the foyer in Legacy Owensboro, the church she and her husband, Jeff, pastor, within the former Malco Cinema 16 location at 5333 Frederica St.
The constructing can be a group middle in addition to a church, Phillips stated.
She stated a therapeutic massage therapist and different companies have mentioned renting rooms within the 50,000-square-foot constructing.
The title, Phillips stated, comes from the truth that there are 12 cities inside 300 miles of Owensboro through which Legacy is contemplating beginning church buildings.
“We’ve got Owensboro and Nashville,” she stated. “We simply have 10 extra to go.”
Phillips stated she saved the smoothies and juices that have been on the menu at Wheatgrass and simply modified their names.
She additionally saved the well being dietary supplements that she offered there in addition to the CBD merchandise.
“That place was vegan,” Phillips stated. “However right here I added espresso, rooster sandwiches, rooster salad and gourmand burgers. The Ciabatta rooster sandwich is the most well-liked thus far.”
Mike “Brewster” Paris, a daily on the café, was consuming one as she talked.
“It’s arduous to search out good and heathy on the similar time,” he stated. “That is each good and wholesome.”
Phillips stated she additionally added Boba tea, a Taiwanese drink made with tea, milk, fruit, fruit juices and little tapioca balls.
There are not less than 4 privately owned espresso outlets on the town now, together with Starbucks.
However Phillips stated there’s room for extra.
“There’s all the time a line at them,” she stated. “I don’t suppose we’ve sufficient espresso outlets.”
The café has seven counter seats, however there are tables within the constructing’s foyer the place individuals can sit and speak.
And Phillips stated she will be able to put up bigger tables for enterprise conferences.
The peanut butter and jelly smoothie, which has fruit as an alternative of jelly, is well-liked, she stated.
So is the Useless Man Strolling, a espresso with a shot of expresso.
Cuban espresso can be on the menu.
The Unimaginable Hulk is a smoothie with recent fruit on prime.
The church moved into the previous theater in September 2019 after which moved into its short-term sanctuary there final October.
Jeff Phillips stated Sunday attendance averages about 500.
Twelve Cities is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day for the church crowd.
That’s been the busiest day thus far, Melissa Phillips stated.
It’s closed on Mondays, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday via Friday and from 9 a.m. to three p.m. on Saturday.
Jazz music performs within the foyer as a result of it’s enjoyable, Phillips stated.
And a diffuser wafts aromas which are enjoyable and welcoming, she stated.
Couches and chairs shall be added quickly within the foyer, Phillips stated.