Thursday, January 20, 2011

Moore will test new coffee shop concept

By Joy Campbell, Messenger-Inquirer
Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 12:08 AM CST

Don Moore is putting a new concept coffee shop called Overflow inside his Chevrolet Cadillac dealership 3232 Villa Point off Kentucky 54.

The coffee shop will serve not only his car-buying customers, but also the public.

And half of the proceeds from the shop's sales will benefit Owensboro's homeless shelters.

Moore and his family came up with the idea at dinner as a way to give back to the community, he said. His son has done the design work for the shop.

"The idea for 'Overflow' is that a person might come into the shop, and we want them to leave 'overflowing,' " Moore said. "We talked about doing something different at our dealership, something fun, but also give back."

Knowing the new building on Kentucky 54 featured a drive-through sparked some creative family dinner conversation.

The talks touched on a company that sells coffee beans with profits going to stop human trafficking. That led Moore and his family to a concept that would differentiate their coffee shop from others.

To start, the shop's proceeds will help local homeless shelters. Moore said he and his wife spend some volunteer time at St. Benedict's Homeless Shelter.

"Hopefully, as time goes on, we can let our customers dictate where the money goes," Moore said.

The shop will have its own entrance and drive-through service.

It will open for the Moore dealership's customers at the end of February. The target for having the drive-through open is early March.

Susan Anderson is taking the lead on the project.

"We want to create an atmosphere for people to get a quality cup of coffee on the way to work or any time," she said. "It's a situation in which we feel blessed, and we want to share that with the community."

The shop will seat 20 inside and have outdoor seating in spring and summer.

The drive-through will be on the left side of the car dealership.

Anderson was interviewing prospective employees this week. "We'll probably hire eight to 10 to begin with," she said. "We're not really sure what level of business we will have at first. Our morning drive-through business probably will be exceptional."

Moore thinks the shop will catch on. "I feel like it's something people will want to get involved in," he said. "And I hope it will break even after giving to the organizations."