‘There’s nothing like this’: Yakima’s plant parents and coffee drinkers converge at The Shop

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima businesses have teamed up to create The Shop, a unique place where coffee drinkers, plant lovers and community members can gather and relax.

“I came into the space a few days ago and it’s just a cool place to get work done,” local photographer Nic Feist said. “The coffee’s great, the plants are great and it’s a cool touch —there’s nothing like this in Yakima, so I’m glad it’s here.”

The Shop is a joint venture between The Planted Home and Yakima Coffee Company — a place where people can enjoy blends from Crafted Coffee Roasters, snack on a cake pop from a local bakery and pick up a fiddle-leaf fig.

“They’re loving it, so it’s kind of fun to watch their expression when they walk in for the first time,” said Timi Nugent, owner of The Planted Home. “One lady was like, ‘Did I just walk into heaven?'”

Nugent started selling plants on Instagram just before the pandemic hit and owning plants became more trendy. By September 2020, she was able to open a storefront at Glenwood Square.

“Our first spot was a perfect beginning spot, but I really wanted to expand,” Nugent said. “we really wanted coffee, a place where someone, you know, people could come sit and hang out, shop for plants, like a more of a community spot.”

That’s why Nugent reached out to Yakima Coffee Company — which has had a drive-thru coffee shop down the street since 1992 — to see if they would be willing to partner with them on a new adventure.

“We have pretty high volume at our drive-thru coffee stand and we’ve wanted to expand into a second location,” Yakima Coffee Company co-owner Kasey Andrews said.

Andrews said despite the two businesses now being so close together, they’re seeing a lot of traffic at both from different kinds of people, with a different kind of atmosphere.

“I’m used to like, the hustle, like customers on their way to work in a hurry,” Andrews said. “We get to interact with them, but here it’s on a much more personal level.”

Nugent said starting this weekend, they’ll be having a monthly market in The Shop’s back parking lot with local artists, fresh produce, flowers and live music. She said the event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

The Shop is located at 3512 Tieton Dr. and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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