Busy Bee Coffee Company held a ribbon cutting celebration for the introduction of their food menu Monday morning, May 20 on Main Street in Downtown Yanceyville.
A small crowd gathered to show support to Nikki Bettis, owner of Busy Bee Coffee Shop in the coffeeshops next endeavor.
Owner, Nikki Bettis said it was thrilled to have members of the community show their support.
“We have some of the best customers base and it’s growing daily,” she said. “We wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for the community.”
She also said being able to serve food at the shop has been a long time coming.
“This is something we have worked toward for a long time. It took close to two years, but we’re finally here.” she explained. “We didn’t want to do it immediately not knowing if we’d be able to sustain ourselves here. The fact that we have been able to implement food has been huge, it gives us hope for the future and for being a permanent stable in Yanceyville.
Bettis said she looks at shop as a community gathering space.
“That’s what it has become, it’s a downtown home and I think people responded well to it,” she explained. “They’re more like family than just customers. They have become my Carolina family.”
Busy Bee will offer cold and hot sandwiches along with some pre-made items from the menu.
“We carry all Boar’s Head, and it is amazing,” Bettis said excited. “We also have a little sandwich bar where you can go through and check off exactly what you want so you’re not limited to what’s just on the menu.”
Over the weekend, Busy Bee received a facelift. The store front is painted yellow just in time for the ribbon cutting.
“That’s something we wanted to do ever since we laid eyes on the building,” Bettis said. “As we were painting, people were slowing down or stopping to see what we were doing.”
She also hopes the new look will draw more people to the downtown area.
“We’ve wanted this for a long time, ever since we laid eyes on the place,” she said. “Hopefully, adding food to our menu will draw the community to downtown.”
In June, Busy Bee will begin delivering in the area.