The welcoming aroma of coffee, pastries and a warm meal started greeting Province residents as they came through the clubhouse Oct. 26.
Honeycutt Coffee opened a branch of its main store at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road in the building’s café. A grand opening concert is being planned for an undetermined date in November.
“They are already enjoying the lunch side of things, and we’re responding to what they want,” Honeycutt co-owner Steve Dykstra said.
That has meant eliminating some items from the menu at the main location and adding omelets and soups. The café will also carry Wild Tonic kombucha, a fermented tea bottled in Sedona.
The management of the gated, active adult community worked hard to find a tenant for the space. It was a request from the members.
”It’s a small space. For some companies it just didn’t fit,” said Melani Caron, Province’s community manager.
She said Province management made multiple phone calls to “all kinds of businesses to see who would be interested.”
The space is a counter and bake case. Dykstra can use his signage, but the café belongs to Province. Caron calls the café a miniature version of the main Honeycutt Coffee store.
“It’s a great partnership,” Dykstra said. “They wanted us there. It was a demand from the advisory board. We’re already local, and they already enjoy our shop.”
Now, instead of driving “into town,” residents coming in from a workout can grab an energy drink or a sandwich, he said.
“That age group comes preplanned,” he said. “They know what they want.”
He plans on being involved in Province events just as Honeycutt Coffee is involved in Maricopa’s community events. (Honeycutt won the Paint the Town Red contest for Maricopa High School’s Homecoming.)
With a staff of two, the café is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Honeycutt Coffee is planning a grand opening in November.
Steve and Cathy Dykstra took over ownership of Honeycutt Coffee this year.
Caron said the only downside to having the café open in the clubhouse is the daily temptation from the aroma.
This story appeared in the November issue of InMaricopa News.