Artisan Mark Coffee + Goods will make its home in Crete, coming sometime in middle September.
Elayne Woods Jones moved to Crete in April of 2018. Jones found herself passing a closed down building often. According to the Artisan Mark Coffee + Goods Facebook page she said,
“How fun would it be to own a cute building and put a retail shop in it? I even thought about how fun it would be to have a small coffee shop in with the retail, which was an even older dream.”
After purchasing the old Radio Shack building, which was located at 1144 Main Ave., Jones and her family got to work. Their first task was discovering what type of business they wanted to bring to Crete.
“As our plans have developed over the past few months, so have my business plans evolved. Instead of having a retail focused shop with some coffee, I have decided to have a coffee shop with some retail,” said the previously stated Facebook post.
Jones is looking to bring a new “vibe” to Crete, with a new atmosphere and new opportunities.
“We are primarily a coffee house, with our focus being on serving amazing coffee and providing a comfortable “vibey” atmosphere for our customers,” Jones said. She recognizes the importance of stepping away from campus every once in a while. Jones will also offer her skills as a photographer with a studio above the coffee shop.
In addition to this, ‘Artisan Mark Coffee + Goods’ menu will be totally gluten free.
“There isn’t a ‘safe’ place for celiacs to eat in town, so I will provide that place,” Jones said. “Having been eating gluten free for years, I also know what kind of gluten free food tastes just as good as ‘the real thing’, so even if you’re not gluten free you will love our menu.”
Alongside serving coffee, Asian Mark Coffee + Goods will have a retail space that is focused on selling goods from small businesses and local makers and artisans. “Our goods will include candles made in Lincoln, leather goods made right here in Crete and pottery and woodworking from Lincoln artisans,” Jones said. “Inventory will be rotating so you will find new items every few weeks as we find new artisans to support.”
Jones also looks forward to supporting her alma mater, Doane University.
“I am very excited to have a place for Doane students to come, relax, study and hang out. I graduated from Doane with a degree in Graphic Design in 2014. I attended the Lincoln campus, but always looked forward to the days when I had an excuse to come to the Crete campus.”
Artisan Mark Coffee + Goods hopes to open its doors by mid September.