The Evans Towne Center area just got a new coffee shop.
Goat Kick Coffee Company just opened their second location, but first sit-down store, 935 Ronald Reagan Drive slightly behind the Columbia County Performing Arts Center.
Natalie Jacobs, one of the owners, said they started working out of a coffee trailer last year and then started roasting their own beans at their other store at 106 N. Belair, which is a to-go only shop.
“We started this company with the intent of opening up this shop only, and then it was going to take a long time, and we decided we wanted to move that forward a little bit and do the trailer and roasting our beans,” Jacobs said. “The trailer got so busy that we got tired of moving it from one corner to the next, so we decided to open up that to-go only shop at our roastery and then just keep that open while we have this one open.”
The name for Goat Kick comes from the origins of coffee, Jacobs said.
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“The legend is that an Ethiopian goat herder was out on the plateaus with his goat. They were eating the fruit off of a certain tree and that so happened to keep them up all night kicking, dancing, acting crazy, and the seed of that cherry is actually the coffee bean,” Jacobs said.
A soft opening for the new location was held on Wednesday, March 1, and Jacobs said the day had been “crazy.”
“We had a line out the door for a good portion of the morning, so it’s been fantastic,” Jacobs said. “The customers have been awesome. People have been just so sweet. We do have new staff here. We had to split our staff from our small location to our big location and trying to operate both now, so we’re definitely trying to figure that all out. But it’s been great.”
The drive-thru will open on Monday, March 6 with a soft opening. Most of the menu will be available for the drive-thru, but Jacobs said they just want to make sure they know how everything works since it’s new for them.
The big celebration comes on Saturday, March 18 with the official grand opening from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., which will be accompanied by goat yoga.
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“We’ll have goat yoga from Barnyard Buddies at 9:30 a.m. and then there’s one at 11 a.m. that people can sign up for,” Jacobs said. “We’ll have the drive-thru closed that day since we kind of want that party environment in here. After that we’ll have our full menu available, full drive-thru operations up and running and everything.”
With the new store opening Jennifer Bojescul, the bar manager and co-founder, said she’s looking forward to working with other local businesses to use the space.
“I think for me, it’s actually opening up to more ideas of working with other local businesses and actually having the time to create that environment and also opportunities…like having a local business that does crafting, arts and crafts, being able to host, being able to use this space to host for entertainment purposes.”
The hours for the Ronald Regan Drive location are Monday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
On Friday and Saturdays the store will be open later and during that time there will be baked good and other desserts, Jacobs said.
For more information on Goat Kick Coffee Company, visit their Facebook page or website.
Just no drag shows and you should do very well.
aw come on Man! Let the Drag Queens have their Story Time! (jk)