UNION — The Ellé Bell Café Coffee & Gift Shop opened for business on Main Street in downtown Union this morning and got a big thumbs up from its first customer.
“It’s the best coffee in Union,” Deitrich Lott said as she got two Caramel Macchiatos at the shop shortly after it opened it at 8:30 a.m.
Lott’s Caramel Macchiatos were prepared for her by Philip Bell whose wife Danielle is the founder, owner, and operator of Ellé Bell Café, an online virtual coffee shop and gift store. Through their online store the Bells sell coffee-scented candles, coffee cups, organic coffee, and copies of Danielle’s book, “Café Passion, A Java Romance,” a book she wrote about coffee three years ago that ultimately lead to the creation of Ellé Bell Café.
Philip Bell said this morning that their online business will continue, but with the opening of Ellé Bell Café Coffee & Gift Shop at 111 West Main Street, Union, he and his wife have taken their entrepreneurial activities to a new level.
“We’ve just moved our online business live,” he said.
Ellé Bell Café Coffee & Gift Shop will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and will offer the following:
Coffee & Espresso
• Caffé Americano
• Caffé Latte
• Caffé Mocha
• White Chocolate Mocha
• Caramel Macchiato
• Fresh Brewed Coffee
Iced Coffee And Frappes
• Cold Brew Coffee
• Vanilla Bean Frappe
• Mocha Frappe
• Java Chip Frappe
• Caramel Frappe
• Kana Mocha Frappe
All these items come in 12 ounce, 16 ounce, and 20 ounce sizes.
• Espresso Shot
The shop also sells the following:
• Hot Chocolate in 12 ounce and 16 ounce sizes
• Bottled water
• 8 ounce Whole Bean & Ground Coffee
• Muffins and Bear Claws
• Coffee Mugs
• 6 ounce candles
Hippy Kitty Gifts
In addition, Ellé Bell Café Coffee & Gift Shop is also offering for sale “Hippy Kitty Gifts” made by Bell’s daughter, Hannah French. These include friendship bracelets, flower hair pieces, and tie-dyed shoes.
Meeting Place On Main
Ellé Bell Café Coffee & Gift Shop’s location, 111 West Main Street, is also the location of “Meeting Place On Main — Workforce Readiness Center,” which is part of the expansion of Trinity Baptist Church’s Channel of Blessing Ministry from providing food to the less fortunate to also helping them develop the skills to get and hold a job and become self-supporting.
Trinity Baptist Church Pastor Neil Keisler said this morning that the church’s partnership with Ellé Bell Café is designed to help make the workforce ministry possible. He said Ellé Bell Café is assuming responsibility for operation and expenses of the building which will enable the church to focus on its workforce ministry.
In addition, Keisler and Bell said that Workforce Ministry is also partnering with SCWorks whose clients will be able use the facility, including its computers, if needed.
For more information about Ellé Bell Café Coffee & Gift Shop call 864-441-0080 or go online at www.ElleBellCafe.com, facebook.com/ElleBellCafe, and etsy.com/shop/ElleBellCafe.
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Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.