From the desk of Lauren Palmer
“A lot can happen in 3 years. A lot.” Joy Booth, owner of McKinney Coffee Company smiled as we sat and visited about her journey to open not one, but two restaurants in McKinney since she and her family moved here in 2015. “Although I’ve worked for the Federal Government for almost twenty years, I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Building something from nothing is in my blood.” From the initial vision, permits, building, learning, testing, researching, and all the other factors that go into opening a business, Joy and her husband Greg are personally invested in each brick that forms the foundation. I’ve decided if the strength of the coffee they serve is any indicator of their robust contribution to the McKinney community, then residents and visitors alike are in for a delightfully stimulating treat! (Pun definitely intended.)
When the Booths moved to McKinney three years ago, Greg’s lifelong desire to open his own restaurant became a reality when he saw a new commercial development being erected at the corner of Stonebridge Drive and Highway 380, the ideal place to serve the community and local neighborhoods. His tenured career working in the food and beverage industry gave him a vast knowledge of restaurant concepts, trends, and operations. As the Booths prepared to open their first restaurant, E.J.Wills Gastropub, the space next door called to them as well. Greg saw the opportunity to have a (nearly) 24-hour operation: E.J. Wills would close at 2 a.m. while a coffee shop next door would open at 5:30 a.m.
The “coffee shop next door” became Joy’s brainchild. She excitedly prepared for the opening of a mom-and-pop style coffee shop, first by deciding on a name: McKinney Coffee Company. “It basically named itself,” Joy told me. “It’s like the name was just there, waiting for us to find it.”
Layer upon layer, the concept of McKinney Coffee Co continued to unfold. Her father-in-law, an amateur photographer, took photos all over the city which would end up gracing the walls of McKinney Coffee Co. Lesser known “facts” about McKinney would be posted on an “ARTIFACT” wall, the chalked artwork created by McKinney artist Dana Harrigan. Dana’s artwork can also be found behind the counter on the enormous chalked menu, and the custom “teetering teacups” painted at the end of the coffee bar.
McKinney Coffee Co celebrated its Grand Opening on March 19, 2018. Its location at 1910 North Stonebridge Drive boasts 1200 square feet of space and offers locally roasted gourmet coffee, specialty coffee drinks, and in-house baked goods from a menu cultivated by Greg (thanks to his understanding of customer favorites). Their locally roasted coffee comes in two flavor profiles, the 380 Grind and 1848, and is available for purchase either ground or whole-bean. Three signature drinks pay homage to the community they have embraced: The Tuck Hill – named for Tucker Hill (the nearby neighborhood full of McKinney Coffee Co customers); Trade Days – named for McKinney’s long running flea market; and Two Ladies – named for the Booth’s daughters (Emily and Jamie). With the intention of supporting McKinney, Joy has taken great care to partner with local businesses to offer customers additional flavors including macarons from Savor, baby bundt cakes from Momma Nonni, and hand-crafted jams, jellies, and salsas from IB Jammin’.
The success of McKinney Coffee Co is due to the combination of Greg’s OPERATE mantra and Joy’s INNOVATE one. The couple’s determination to bring their best to McKinney by offering quality food and service with an appealing atmosphere is manifested in a business that does just that. Plus, their connection to the McKinney community is exhibited through business partnerships all over town. Did you know McKinney Coffee Co is the official sponsor of Randi on the Radio? Or that local businesses can become a Coffee Sponsor as a sign of good will between the McKinney business community and the coffee shop’s customers? I personally participated in this program just this month and felt so proud to connect with our community in such a heart-felt way.
McKinney Coffee Co strives to separate itself from other businesses of their kind by thinking outside of the box. The Mug Club loyalty program allows customers to have a personalized mug (literally with their name on it) to use when they visit and can purchase a medium-sized drink for the price of a small. McKinney Coffee Co also offer a variety of classes such as Yoga Happy Hour and makes space available for private events with the hope of creating a community of its own among patrons of McKinney Coffee Co. “To go” services are offered for schools, offices, or even to make your home life a bit easier. Friends, McKinney Coffee Co is more than just a coffee shop. McKinney Coffee Co is a family ready to welcome you, embrace you, and make your day positive, supportive, and flavorful!
Visit their shop located at the corner of Stonebridge Drive and Highway 380. Support them and our community by purchasing one of their charming retail items: McKinney Coffee Co shirts, mugs, or even a stainless gripper mug. Check out their website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Thank you McKinney Coffee Company for sponsoring this post.
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