Coffee Business Perks Up Seven Lakes
BY TED M. NATT JR.
Amanda Jones has held various jobs as a young adult, but she always comes back to coffee.
"I'm a coffee drinker myself, so I've always had a taste for it," the 23-year-old said. "I'm a barista. I just love making coffee for other people."
Jones took that love to Seven Lakes last week, opening D&D Coffee Plus in Seven Lakes Plaza with business partner Jason Dunning.
"We're the only coffee shop in the area that I know of," said Dunning, who lives in Seven Lakes North. "All I have been hearing since we opened is that this is what we need here."
Dunning, 40, got the idea for the business during a recent conversation with his father, Jerry, who provided the start-up capital.
"Dad's the money man," Jason said. "He's the one who made it possible. We were just trying to figure out a good business to get into. We came up with the idea of a coffee shop."
Jerry Dunning spent five figures helping his son up-fit the space, which features seating for 11 customers.
"It seems to be working," Jason Dunning said. "We just want to keep our customers happy, produce a good product, and hopefully do a lot of business."
Dunning found Jones after putting the word out that he was looking for a barista.
"I met him through my mother," said Jones, who was trained as a barista in late 2011 when she spent four days at Novo Coffee in Denver. "I'm teaching Jason how to do everything."
D&D is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition to coffee and other drinks, the shop offers baked treats from Kraz Elegant Cakes in Pinehurst.
"They are so good," Jones said. "We love them. We have muffins, strudel, turnovers, scones and cookies. They're all prewrapped and ready to go."
Lena Yarter, co-owner of Kraz, said Jones and Dunning simply walked into the store last month.
"They liked what they saw and decided to go with us," Yarter said. "We provide baked goods and desserts to other coffee shops and restaurants in the county. I hope they're -successful. I always wish the best for new businesses because I know how hard it can be."
Jones said she and Dunning would like to add doughnuts, hot dogs, chips, smoothies and ice cream in the future.
"Right now, we're just trying to get a feel for things," she said. "I'd like a TV and couch in here. I just want people to feel like this a nice, friendly coffee shop where they can come to relax and enjoy a great cup of coffee."
Contact Ted M. Natt Jr. at (910) 693-2474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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