Nick Morris and Lance Smith deliberated for a while over what to do about the cafe for sale across the street from their home, and then decided to take a chance. They became co-owners of Kaffe Mercantile on July 1, 2009.
Morris had prior experience in restaurant management and bartending, and Smith, who does the bookkeeping and behind-the-scenes work, had long harbored dreams of owning a coffee shop.
The building had recently been remodeled with lots of natural wood accents and warm colors. Morris said they wanted to keep the cozy vibe the premises already embodied. "Walking inside feels like stepping back in time to a shop in the 1920s," he said.
In addition to comfortable seating near the pastry case and free Wi-Fi, there is also outdoor seating on a covered patio.
For lunch, Morris recommends the Chicken Salad Croissant ($5) or the Caprese Sandwich ($5) -- a vegetarian dish with fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella, red wine vinegar and olive oil on freshly baked focaccia bread.
Sharon Smith, Lance Smith's mother, is in charge of the baked pastries and has earned a reputation for the fruit turnovers ($3.25). She rolls turnovers out by hand and fills them with seasonal fruits such as peaches, blueberries, raspberries, cherries or apples.
The scones ($2.95) resemble traditional English tea scones and come in raspberry, blueberry or lemon ginger with an almond glaze.
Morris said they wanted to serve high-quality coffee, and that using a local roasting company was also important, so they settled on the well-known organic Caffe Ibis brand manufactured in Logan. The menu includes favorites such as espressos ($2), lattes ($2.75) and mochas ($3.25). Teas from The Republic of Tea are also popular among customers.
Italian sodas ($1.75) in many flavors, iced coffees, iced lattes and frozen hot chocolates are great ways to cool off on hot summer days, and Morris and Smith are excited to offer a new drink, non-coffee Chillers ($3-$4), in mango, strawberry and vanilla bean.
The co-owners are happy to have realized their dream to run a neighborhood coffee shop.
"It's been great to get to know everybody in the area," Morris said.
ADDRESS: 1221 26th St., Ogden
HOURS: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
CONTACT: 801- 394-3660, www.kaffemercantile.com