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Conversation, coffee available

June 13, 2007

Visit with your friends, meet your neighbors and enjoy a good cup of coffee -- that's the idea behind Basehor's Downtown Coffee Shop.

About a month ago, members of Basehor Gold PRIDE decided to set up shop every weekday morning in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2805 155th St., to offer coffee and homemade treats to the community.

The Downtown Coffee Shop allows Gold PRIDE to not only raise a little money, but gives people a place to enjoy their morning coffee and the camaraderie that comes with it.

"They closed up all the restaurants around here where people drink coffee," Gold PRIDE member Nola Cooper said. "We saw it as an opportunity."

Some customers choose to play dominoes or cards provided to them while enjoying a bottomless cup of coffee for $1 and baked goods from 50 cents to $1. Others just stop in and get their coffee to go.

"Some guys stop and get a cup of coffee and something to eat on the way to work," Gold PRIDE president Francis Rake said. "We thought that might be the case. That's why we opened it up."

While the city does not currently have a community or senior citizens center, Downtown Coffee Shop regulars and Gold PRIDE members think the shop might be a start.

"I like it because I can walk down here and get my coffee for $1," customer Larry Reid said. "And the coffee is good."

Rake said all money raised at the shop goes into the Gold PRIDE scholarship fund. The organization gives some funding to local school counselors, who use the money to help students who cannot afford school supplies. The other part of the scholarship fund goes toward a scholarship awarded every year to a graduating senior at Basehor-Linwood High School.

The Downtown Coffee Shop is open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday.

"Business is fair," Rake said. "Of course we haven't gotten the word out as well as we have liked yet. When the word gets out, we'll probably have more."

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