By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
People who walk down East Randolph in front of a building once occupied by Cliff’s Camera Shop will see a new sign out front, announcing coffee is available.
But it isn’t your usual coffee shop.
Five80 Coffeehouse, 122 E. Randolph, will be a new venture for Enid’s Forgotten Ministries, started in Enid by Jeremiah and Sarah Herrian. All profits from the coffee shop will go back into the community to help those in need. The opening is planned for July 5 — July’s First Friday.
Amid equipment that soon will be installed and a newly poured cement coffee bar, Sarah Herrian talked about the opening.
“We’re going to do the floors this week. We will grind them down and put clear epoxy on top. We poured the counter and now we’re polishing it,” she said.
Once that work is done, Herrian said there will be lots of cleaning to do, then the furniture will be placed and they will be ready to open. A new feature is a full-time baker, Jim Hager, owner of Jubilee Bakery.
Hager is bringing his equipment to the coffeehouse, which will feature a full baker’s kitchen. Eventually, the Herrians plans to expand into sandwiches.
“I’m so excited. I can’t believe it’s almost here. It’s been a long process,” Herrian said.
The Herrians began thinking about the coffeehouse concept two years ago. They purchased the building seven months ago. The project has been done almost totally by donated material and labor. Even professional work, such as electricity and plumbing, was donated, she said. Jeremiah Herrian also built a 21-foot conference table for one room, which can be rented for meetings. Other rooms can be rented for gatherings.
“We’re really thankful for all the time and resources the community has given,” she said.
Sometime after the official opening, there will be a grand opening to introduce the public to the coffeehouse.
When the coffeehouse opens, the shop will host Bible studies or provide a quiet place for conversation and to study. They will offer wireless capability, Sarah Herrian said.
Once the shop opens, Herrian plans to have open microphone nights and concerts and be a venue for local musicians.
“If a musician is looking for a place to play, come see us. Every Friday and Saturday night we’re looking for musicians,” Herrian said.
The idea of the coffee shop is to make money, that will go back into the community to support the needy.
“Every dime spent will go out. People who buy coffee are helping a greater cause,” she said.
The shop will be open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays. They have had two volunteer meetings to date, drawing 140 people who are interested in volunteering at the shop.
One of the features of the shop is the suspended coffee program. If a customer pays more than the suggested price for coffee, a token is placed inside a jar. Then, if someone comes in who cannot afford coffee, they can take a token and have a cup of coffee. The program has been popular among other coffeehouses around the country, and Herrian said the term recently has “gone viral.”