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Topping up Flower Pot with coffee business – Fairbanks Daily News |

Topping up Flower Pot with coffee business – Fairbanks Daily News

FAIRBANKS — Shopping for flowers is a feel good activity, and there’s no doubt the first cup of coffee every day provides that same ambiance.

That’s why The Flower Pot’s owner Heather Carlson is adding bulk coffee and accessories to its repertoire — compliments of the popular Country Kitchen store, whose owners plan to retire by the end of the year.


“The Flower Pot is going to take the coffee portion of the business,” Kris Thiltgen said. She and her husband, Leonard, have operated Country Kitchen for many decades. “Our coffee customers are very devoted and will be delighted to hear the news.”

Located in Washington Plaza, the couple has decided to retire and had hoped to find a new owner to take over running the store. But that didn’t happen.

“The bad news is that there will be no sale of the rest of the business and we will begin closeout sales the first of October,” she added.

The coffee operation will move to The Flower Pot, 1035 Blair Road, behind the Mattress Ranch, between the New and Old Steese Highways. Coffee and related merchandise for sale will remain very similar to how it was set up at Country Kitchen.

“It will be very much the same mode as what they have,” Carlson said. “The only difference is everything surrounding the coffee will be more garden things.”

Carlson had been looking for some time to add a new dimension to her seasonal greenhouse business. She found it with coffee.

“This is the first thing that has the same feel good feeling I’ve been looking for,” she said.

This won’t be a cafe or a place to buy a single cup of coffee. The shop will sell bulk coffee and accessories. The new product line will also enable The Flower Pot to stay open year round. If all goes as planned, The Flower Pot will debut its new coffee business in early November. Watch for announcements as time approaches.

Carlson plans to continue the same Country Kitchen offerings: 35 varieties of coffee, including eight organic varieties. The Thiltgens said it was common for customers to purchase five to 10 pounds of coffee at a time. Carlson said she’ll also continue some of the Country Kitchen special promotions and the variety of accessories will also remain available.

“We’re not going to shrink it down,” Carlson said. “I think it’s gonna be a really good thing. Honestly, it fits my personality too.”

Every morning, when Carlson walks into The Flower Pot, she picks up a special coffee cup that belongs to her. The cup says, “Coffee First.” Everyone who works there knows that cup belongs to her.

Meanwhile, Country Kitchen is getting ready to close its doors and begins its close-out sales this month, planning to shut the doors for good Oct. 31. Next on their list is spending more time with grandchildren.

“We have had so many cards, cookies and well wishes from our customers that it has been overwhelming,” Thiltgen said. “It is perhaps not the way that we wanted to go, but we are looking forward to a new chapter in our lives.”

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter @FDNMKris.

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