By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
A coffeehouse in downtown Enid is adding a new twist to their business, using a drive-through window that has been in the building for many years.
Five80 Coffeehouse at 122 E. Randolph will start its drive-through service today, said Sarah Herrian, proprietor of the shop. “We will open it (today). People can drive through anytime we’re open. Cliff (Morton) did it 50 years ago,” Herrian said.
The coffeeshop, which opened in July, has been preparing for the opening for a while. The Herrians added more staff and have trained them to utilize the window along with the regular business.
“We think it’s properly staffed and we’re excited to continue to give to Enid,” she said. “We think it will really grow, and we added staff so we don’t keep people waiting.”
The drive-through window is in the location where the former Cliff’s Camera Shop was located. Cliff Morton, who operated the camera shop for more than 50 years, said he was the first in Enid to install a drive-through window.
There is space for two cars, and Herrian said she does not believe it will hamper traffic on Randolph. Drivers will first come to a menu display so they can place an order, then drive through, pay and pick up the order, she said.
“We’re thankful for the community support, and we’re looking forward to adding this convenience, and we hope it grows in a way that accommodates us and our entire town,” Herrian said.
One hundred percent of the profits from the business go back to the community. The Herrians’ ministry, Forgotten Ministries, currently is supporting New View and Cherokee Apartments, but 10 percent still goes to the Hosannah Ministry, which drills water wells in Niger, Africa. Herrian and her husband, Jeremiah, own Jump 4 Joy Entertainment, an inflatables company from which they receive an income. They pay the employees at Five80 Coffeehouse a small salary and the rest are volunteers. They have 5,000 square feet and Herrian said it takes some income to keep it going.
“We still make a decent profit and it gives people jobs,” she said. “We have chosen New View and Cherokee, because we are currently involved with them on Tuesday nights, but we are open to other organizations who need support. We’re constantly looking at other organizations and would be interested in supporting them through Five80,” she said. To contact the ministry, see Herrian at Five80 Coffeehouse.
Being manager is more than a full-time job, Herrian said. However, the success the business has received makes it worth it. After the business has been open a year, she thinks things will slow down enough so that she and Jeremiah can take a vacation.
“We went on a little vacation before it opened, because we knew it would be really tough and a lot of hard work and dedication. In a year, it will turn into a place that can run itself,” she said.
The purpose of Five80 Coffeehouse is to provide resources to people who otherwise could not provide for themselves, through the business’ profits. A second purpose is to be an inviting atmosphere to the community, through giving the customer the ability to pay whatever he or she can afford.
There is no reason for people not to come in, Herrian said.
“We want to share God’s love with the community. It’s a place they can receive the service our customers deserve. We’re Christians, and we believe in showing that in our actions, and the coffeeshop is no exception,” Herrian said.
The coffeehouse is open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.