Archive for Thursday, August 12, 2004

New coffee shopt to open in trolley

August 12, 2004

Coffee could soon be more convenient for Baldwin commuters. At least, that's what Beau and Tammy Moody hope to accomplish with their new business, Jitters Java and Ice.

"We really want to target commuters and working people," Tammy Moody said. "We have the convenience of a drive-through. That's the whole future of coffee."

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Jitters, located at 822 Ames St., will become Baldwin's first drive-through, walk-up coffee shop. The red trolley will open for a test weekend Saturday and Sunday, and will open officially on Monday, according to Tammy Moody.

"It'll be a soft opening this weekend," she said. "We're going to practice."

The drive-through will feature coffee, cappuccinos, lattes and shaved ice, she said, as well as baked goods like biscottis and cinnamon rolls.

Tammy Moody said they chose Baldwin because they wanted to open a coffee shop in their hometown, and they liked what it had to offer.

"It's growing in leaps and bounds. And there's a lot of commuter traffic," she said. "So we thought this was a great starting place."

The Baldwin couple originally wanted to open their coffee business in an old diner. But instead, they chose to set up shop in a trolley because they said they thought it fit the town better.

"With the history of the railway in Baldwin, we felt a trolley fit in far better than a diner," Tammy Moody said. "It plays in with the depot and railway."

The trolley is in a temporary location, she said, until it can be moved to face U.S. Highway 56. She said she expects the shop to be in its permanent location in approximately seven weeks.

Once it's set, she said, Jitters will feature a drive-through window on the north side and a walk-up window on the south side. The couple also plans to add outdoor seating.

Tammy Moody said the couple will be able to meet the community's -- especially the commuters' -- coffee needs.

"We think we've got something for everybody," she said.

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