Stagecoach Coffee & More, a business that opened earlier this year in Patrick Springs, has expanded into Uptown Stuart to provide coffee and other goodies to the area.
Originally opening as a coffee cart in May, parked along the JEB Stuart Highway in Patrick Springs, owner Yvette Hoyt said she decided to purchase the space of the now former Hearth Fyre Café because she always wanted to have a coffee shop.
“I wanted to purchase the property before the wagon, but the previous owners bought it before me, so we did the wagon. They decided that they were going to let it go and they contacted me,” she said.
Hoyt said one of her goals with the café is to make it comfortable for those that come in. “I want you to come and sit down and just relax,” she said.
She also plans to continue with the Patrick Springs location.
“People have asked me if we’re going to close it, and I’m like ‘absolutely not.’ There are too many people, too many regulars. We’ve built a little family down there of the people that come through every morning and every afternoon. No way can I take that away from anybody,” she said.
Discussions over the Main Street location began on Nov. 24, with the paperwork finalized on Nov. 30.
Stagecoach officially opened its new location Dec. 1.
“We’ve been here 12-13 hours a day, cleaning and painting, and getting ready to open,” she said.
Hoyt plans to keep the café’s menu simple, with the same drink and food options that are at the wagon. Additional items will be added later.
Hoyt also plans to start serving Friday and Saturday night dinners, and a Sunday brunch.
“For Sunday brunch, I want to keep it simple, with biscuits and gravy; eggs, bacon sausage, a piece of toast; and French toast casserole with a side of maple syrup. I want to make it where people go, ‘you know, I really need that casserole this weekend,’” she said.
For the dinners, she plans to do a ‘make your course dinner,’ and allow customers to select an appetizer, a choice between main courses, dessert, and a glass of wine for one set price.
Stagecoach also received the recipes used by Hearth Fyre, and plans to test them out periodically.
Hoyt’s future decisions of menu items will partially be based on the feedback she receives from customers who leave a comment in the box placed on a shelf in the café.
“I want to hear from the community ‘I love this,’ or ‘how about this’ or ‘thank you for great service,’” she said.
Hoyt said there’s also a competition. Whichever employee to receive the most comment cards will receive a gift card, such as a bottle of wine, or another small gift.
“It’s something where we’re showing appreciation for our girls because it’s our girls that are here and they’re the ones that make this all possible,” she said.
In the future, Hoyt hopes to expand the backside of the property and incorporate an outdoor deck and patio space.
“I maybe want to paint a mural, make it fun with cornhole out there, and have a little grassy area for the kids,” she said.
One idea Hoyt has for the future is “Stagecoach on the Go.”
“I have another trailer that we might convert to be transportable. So, go to the festivals and keep it more on the drink, coffee, little bit of food type of thing,” she said.
She is also interested in potentially expanding to other areas like Mount Airy, N.C.
An official ribbon cutting through the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce will be held at a later date.
Stagecoach will be open Monday-Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, got to Facebook.com/StagecoachCoffee&More.