Nikki Manesco, Pleasant Hill local and Creswell Coffee employee, greets customers with a smiling face.
With high-quality coffees, food and a welcoming atmosphere, there’s no doubt why Creswell Coffee is popular among the community. With the success of their business, owners Seth and Melissa Clark opened Creswell Coffee in Sweet Salvage in Springfield last year.
The Sweet Salvage contract has ended, but new opportunities have since come a-knockin’. They say when one door closes, another opens; for The Clarks, two other doors have become available, and they couldn’t be more excited.
About a week ago, Clark learned that Mama Dee’s, formerly Espresso 58, had shut down in Pleasant Hill. Scott Chambers, Pisgah Public Market’s owner, approached Clark and asked if he’d be interested in expanding his business.
”This was a dream come true for Melissa and me,” Clark said. ”We’ve shared many of the same customers over the years, and I always felt that Espresso 58 and Creswell Coffee were siblings.”
The family reunion took place after Espresso 58 closed and Suzanne Nordquist, Espresso 58 and Creswell Coffee’s founder, took over the chef role in Creswell.
On Monday, Aug. 24, CC Rider, Clark’s solar-powered mobile cart, moved into Pisgah Public Market as a placeholder for something bigger. Thanks to eleven-hour days by Clark and his dedicated staff, Pleasant Hill residents and commuters have another great coffee option. CC Rider will offer tasty drinks and pastries until a more permanent kiosk is constructed. Clark plans on having the kiosk operational by Labor Day weekend.
The second opportunity takes place in Coburg. Two weeks ago, construction of the new Coburg Inn began, and Creswell Coffee will play an integral role in the near future. Clark is duplicating his success with Creswell Coffee with a full-sized cafe in Coburg. Kayla Stram, a long-time Creswell Coffee employee, will be the manager in the Coburg location once it opens in early 2019.
The permanent Pleasant Hill kiosk will feature all the beverages customers love, as well as pastries, soup and pre-made salads, while the Coburg location will have the same handcrafted breakfast and lunch menu as the original Creswell Coffee.
Due to all the changes, Clark realized he needed to re-brand the Creswell Coffee Company name. At noon on Aug. 10, Clark will announce the new name on Facebook Live with Rick Dancer. The Clarks have put a lot of thought into the name and the future of their business, but will still offer the same great services their customers expect. Seth Clark wants his restaurants to be the social hub of small communities: a place where individuals and groups come together for drinks, food and local entertainment.
Creswell Coffee is undergoing a lot of changes in the coming year. Changes can be intimidating, but they hope Creswell Coffee’s future is as smooth as their freshly brewed coffee. Stop by their original location in Creswell, or swing by Pisgah Public Market in Pleasant Hill, for an espresso, dessert and the smiling faces of those who have become family.
Creswell Coffee Co. in Creswell
Address: 116 Melton Road Creswell, OR 97426
Phone: (541) 895- 8860
Social Media: Facebook.com/creswellcoffee
Hours: Mon-Sat: 6:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Sun: 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Live Music on Fridays: 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
CC Rider in Pleasant Hill
Address: 35855 Hwy. 58
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
Hours: Open 7 days a week
Mon-Sun: 6:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.