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Tonya Powers is a new co-owner of Honeycutt Coffee. Photo by Jim Headley


Tanya and Dave Powers have purchased Honeycutt Coffee and plan to reopen the business Wednesday.

Honeycutt Coffee has been closed since February.

“I have a background in coffee, about 10 years,” Tanya Powers said. “Once I started, it was my passion. I just love it. I’ve always wanted to have my own shop. It’s just my dream.”

Tanya said she hopes to have Honeycutt open on Wednesday. They have already cleared health inspections and now await a city fire inspection.

“You get to meet so many people,” she said. “I want people to come in and I want this to be like ‘Cheers.’ They’re going to walk in the door and they will be like Norm. That’s what I want to make them feel like.”

Honeycutt has always been a local community coffee house and meeting place. The Powerses hope to take that flavor to the next level.

“I feel like people are going to come in and will feel the vibe and the love and they’re going to want to stay. We will build a relationship and they will want to come back,” Tanya said.

She said there will be some different drinks added to the menu and new equipment, including a soda machine.

“I’m still going to focus on the coffee that I do. I have some refreshers. It’s kind of like a tea but it’s a coffee base. They are super good. My claim to fame are my muffin tops. Not the bottom part, just the top,” Tanya said.

They will also be serving pastries, cheese Danish, brownies, breads and breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

She said in the future they hope to add some live entertainment but for now Honeycutt will keep the same hours, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be music playing in the store and free wi-fi.

“I hope people would want to come and have events here in the evenings,” she said.

The Powerses have lived in Arizona more than 12 years and Maricopa for three years.

“I just live down the street and I’ll be here every day,” Tonya Powers said.

Honeycutt Coffee is at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 109.

Poetry lovers packed into Honeycutt Coffee for the All-Arizona Poetry Slam Championship. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A standing-room-only crowd that spilled out the front door of Honeycutt Coffee met the first All-Arizona Poetry Slam Championship to come to Maricopa.

Maricopa Arts Council hosted the event Saturday. Approximately 80 people attended to hear some of the state’s best performance poets. That included two competitors from Maricopa taking their work to the next level for the first time.

The contest was varied and deep, with unpredictable scores from judges pulled from the audience. Maricopa Alex Hurley and Laura Olivieri did not survive the first round, but competitors called the event “awesome” and “incredible.” Hurley, a high schooler, was the youngest on the bill. Topics ranged from race relations to Star Wars to sweaty armpits.

Winner Lauren Perry of Phoenix is a 15-year veteran of slam poetry, being introduced to the craft among “old-schoolers” like Bernard “The Klute” Schober, Corbet Dean and Bill Campana in Mesa.

“I brought this awful piece of poetry. It was really bad,” she recalled. “I read my poem, and Klute was like, ‘Well, you did good. Just don’t suck next time. But I made it onto a team my first year and was like, ‘Now I love this,’ and now I do this all the time.”

A key motivator in growing Arizona’s slam poetry scene for two decades, Schober has been the slam master for Maricopa’s six events. He again emceed Saturday’s event.

Lauren Perry (center) won the event, with Stacy Eden placing third and Briana Hammerstrom third.

Stacy Eden, also from Phoenix, finished second on the night. She has a degree in English but has been a goldsmith for a dozen years.

“It just started coming out of me about a year ago,” she said. “And then six months ago, I did my first open mic. And my very first slam was actually in November. And I won that one, and I went back for the city finals and won that one and now I’m here. It’s the coolest community I’ve ever been a part of and never felt so understood as a person, and it’s by complete strangers most of the time. It’s pretty phenomenal.”

Originally on the “wait list” for the competition, Flagstaff’s Briana Grace Hammerstrom finished third. Starting in California seven years ago, she has worked many regional slams and is one of the organizers of the Flagstaff slam.

“I love the entire Arizona scene,” she said. “It’s a community that wants you to grow.”

The competition had 14 poets along with calibration poets.

“We had three strong poets and three strong women,” MAC co-founder Judith Zaimont said. “A good portion of what they had to say had to do with being strong poets and strong women.”

The top three poets took home cash, with first prize netting $400.

Honeycutt Coffee will host the first All-Maricopa Poetry Slam on Jan. 13. Photo by Anita McLeod

If you rhyme, if you rap, if you have strong opinions, if you have quiet insight, if you just have something to get off your chest, slam poetry might be for you.

After an introductory event hosted by slam master Bernard “The Klute” Schober and a tryout with a kids slam, the first All-Maricopa Poetry Slam is slated for Jan. 13 at Honeycutt Coffee.

That will lead to the Southwest Regional Slam, hosted by The Duke at Rancho El Dorado on Jan. 28.

“These are both first-ever events for Maricopa,” said Judith Zaimont, a Maricopa Arts Council director.

The All-Maricopa Slam is open to adults and high-school age poets. The slam will follow standard rules, with no props or costumes allowed. Judges will be chosen from the audience, and high and low scores will be thrown out. Content does not have to be G-rated.

Honeycutt Coffee will open at 5:30. Registration is at 6 p.m. Only the first 14 poets to sign up will perform. There will be three elimination rounds to get down to the top five poets. The top three will get slots in the Southwest Regional Slam while the other two “sorbet” poets will get to perform a poem at intermission.

The regional slam has cash prizes at stake. Participating poets must sign in at The Duke by 7 p.m. The regional slam, too, will be in three elimination rounds. Poets must register their intent to enter by Jan. 14 via the event Facebook page: Southwest Regional Slam (brought to you by “Got Arts? Maricopa). They must also send their intent notice to Schober at TheRealKlute@gmail.com. Names of competitors will be chosen Jan. 15 live on Facebook.

Zaimont said MAC sees the Southwest Regional Slam as an opportunity “for Maricopa to show its best face to the outside world.”

It will bring in poets from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Albuquerque and other areas.

The slams are part of MAC’s “Got Arts, Maricopa” ongoing expo.

If You Go
What:            All-Maricopa Poetry Slam                Southwest Regional Slam
When:           Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m.                               Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
Where:         Honeycutt Coffee                              The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
44400 W. Honeycutt Road, #109    42660 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway
How much:   Free                                                     Free
Info:               MACmaricopa@gmail.com             TheRealKlute@gmail.com

This story appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

The café in the Province clubhouse is now operated by Honeycutt Coffee, serving breakfast and lunch. Submitted photo

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.”

Honeycutt Coffee’s main store won the MHS Homecoming Paint the Town Red contest. Photo by Celina Shepherd
Honeycutt Coffee’s main store won the MHS Homecoming Paint the Town Red contest. Photo by Celina Shepherd

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.