With every successful business there comes a time when you have to make a change. In 2003 Mary Ann Miller opened the doors of the Copper Cup, a coffee shop located at the Depot in Cherokee. After her success she has made a business decision to move to a larger location on Main Street.
Miller is a native of Cherokee and opened her shop after encouragment from friends who had tasted different flavors of coffee when visiting her home.
Miller, herself loves to drink coffee and discovered the rich flavor of cappuccino while on her honeymoon in the Greek Isles. She really debated on opening the shop since previous coffee shops had come and gone. After much encouragement from family and friends, deciding it was the right time and the opportunity for the unique location she went after her goal.
It all started with a small expresso machine in their home, which led to the bigger and better machines over time and now she shares her passion for the world of coffee with customers. She says the 'coffee to go' craze is truly an American tradition because in Europe people take their time and enjoy the coffee while they visit or read. Miller has the benefit of being able to offer both the leisurely experience and the coffee to go.
The Copper Cup is now located at 425 West Main Street in Cherokee. Miller appreciates the value of the historic location of the Depot and wanted to be able to carry that over to her new location, which also has historic value. The new location was built in 1915 and used to house Griffin's Market and Western Union.
Mike and Paul Taylor own the building that houses the new location of the Copper Cup. They have made efforts to build it to suit Miller's needs. The tin ceiling has been redone in a copper finish and the original tile and wood floors have been repaired and refinished. They have also added a fireplace which will have comfortable vintage furniture arranged around it for customers to sit and visit.
Miller is thankful to the City Council and the Board of Adjustment for allowing her to put up her new sign which is in keeping with the historic value of the building. She had to apply for a special variance on the sign ordinance and did a large amount of research to ensure the sign was historic. The result was the council unanimously approving her new sign.
The expanded space means more seating for the Copper Cup allowing a capacity of 40-50 customers. Miller is excited to have more storage and the ability to offer more gifts. She will now also offer an expanded lunch menu in addition to her originals. She will have fresh lunches to stay or go and is working on offering ice cream as well.
The new location will also allow Miller to host different meetings, bridal, baby, and birthday showers, and private dinners. She has also hired experienced part-time help for the expanded lunch menu. Future plans include patio seating as the building continues to be remodeled.
The Copper Cup will also have new business hours, being open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Miller is looking forward to her new location for the increased visibility and will open her doors for business on Monday, May 2 with a grand opening specials throughout the week. She wants to remind customers that she also sells bulk coffee beans in your favorite flavors and has baked goods and breakfast sandwiches to go with your coffee.