The-Creme-Coffee-House-RibbThe Creme coffeehouse & Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting event early April. (Photo courtesy Jessica Kirk)

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/30/14) – Almost four months after purchasing a local downtown coffeehouse with her husband, owner Nikole Gross said she’s “still developing a community of friends” and learning new things about running The Crème daily.

On a somewhat dreary late Tuesday afternoon with gusts of sharp wind and spatters of rain outside, the atmosphere inside The Crème is much warmer. Gross is sitting at one of the tables near the counter, as customers come in for something to drink or eat. Every one of them speaks to Gross as they stand in line.

Gross said making people feel welcome is one of the elements of the coffeehouse’s theme, “Share the Love.”

In fact, promotional cards Gross had printed with the phrase are a way she is reaching out to new customers through the long-time patrons. She said the cards have been used in a variety of ways, even as a means to provide homeless people with a meal or cup of coffee.

The Crème, located across from the judicial courthouse on Second St. continues many of the traditions under the new management as well, such as the opportunity for local bands and musicians to perform on the weekends.

Gross is no stranger to coffeehouses. Prior to taking ownership of The Crème, she operated a coffeehouse at a church and worked at The Crème for some time before she was offered the chance to buy it from the previous owner, Rosemary Conder.

“Rosemary kept telling me, ‘This place is for you,’” Gross said.

She said after time considering and praying about the idea with her husband, they made the decision to accept Conder’s offer.

In addition to coffee and live music, The Crème offers a fresh deli selection, tea from a Kentucky Proud vendor, and will soon add coffee beans to its list of products for sale.  

More recently, Gross joined the Chamber of Commerce and recently celebrated the business’ membership with a ribbon cutting earlier this month.

Dennis Beard
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