MOWEAQUA — The smell of coffee and espresso drinks is now wafting through Moweaqua’s downtown.
The Mustard Seed, the village's new coffee shop, is located at 117 N. Main St.
The restaurant opened this week with morning hours, 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The new coffee shop once housed the village’s pool hall. Owner Lindsey Kirby changed the style to a more homey atmosphere for her customers.
“I just wanted someplace for people to come in and visit,” Kirby said. “For people who haven’t seen each other in awhile. It’s just a sense of community.”
She chose the name, “Mustard Seed” to reflect this time in her life. Kirby left her full-time job as a Pana first-grade teacher to start the business.
“There is a verse in the Bible that talks about if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, anything is possible,” she said.
Along with coffee, frappes, espresso and cider, the local hangout serves pastries from a bakery, Pies by Inge, out of Monticello. Currently the staff serves cinnamon rolls, cookies and pumpkin bars. The menu will expand to include pies and other bars in the future. As the restaurant grows, Kirby hopes to add soups and sandwiches.
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Kirby sent the restaurant’s baristas to St. Louis for training with Kaldi’s Coffee, a partner with Mustard Seed. The company provides training for the staff.
“They even came during the installation of the equipment to do some more training,” Kirby said.
When researching coffee suppliers, Kirby had an attraction to the company because of its background. “The name of Kaldi’s came from Ethiopia,” she said.
Kirby and her husband Travis adopted their first child, Olivia, from African country of Ethiopia. The 10-year-old, along with her little sister Georgia, can be seen on the Mustard Seed Facebook page promoting the restaurant.
Decatur-area business openings and closings
Speakeasy Records and Oddities
Family Video, Mount Zion
Mustard Seed Coffee House
Ashley Homestore Outlet and Best Brands Outlet
Mueller Water Products
Dboe's Chicken AN Waffles Jasper
Everyone's Fair Fooderie
Fall Off the Bone Pershing Road
Good's Furniture and Mattres
Escape Decatur Escape Room
Jalisco Mexican Bar and Grill
Love's Travel Stops
River Coffee Company, Tried & True Tattoo and Speakeasy Records & Oddities
Crazy Ladies Cafe
Striglos Business Solutions Center
Main Place Real Estate
Del Carmen's Pizza
Thor's Alignment and Brakes
Giggles + Bakery
Kansas City Barbecue Pit
The Laurel and the Linden
Convey Health Solutions
Castro's Tex-Mex Grill
Kroger Fairview Plaza
GrassRoots Gro Center
Fence Post Cafe
Long John Silver's
The Lucy Loft and Co.
Door 4 Brewing Co.
Tuscany Steak and Pasta House
R Bar & Grille
CherryBerry, S. Oakland St.
Brass Horn Too
T.J. Maxx at Hickory Point Mall
Hickory Point Bank branch
Casey's General Store
Solsa American Burrito Co.
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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR