Forest Grove Coffee Company to reopen
Forest Grove Coffee Co. is back on 1821 Main St. with new owners: a couple born and raised in town.
Tonya and Robert Giesbers are celebrating the grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 1, by giving out free coffee from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The couple bought the business in September after making the move back from Utah to their roots.
"There were some life changes we wanted to make," Robert Giesbers said. "About 10 years ago, we looked into buying a coffee shop, but the timing wasn't right — but we've been coffee connoisseurs for many years."
Before it was Forest Grove Coffee Co., the building was The Sugar Shack, owned by Tami Doner, for more than 10 years.
The two will run the place alongside Doner, Tonya Giesbers said.
"She is very well known in the area and just knows so much," she said.
The Giesbers said they are excited to be a part of Forest Grove's growth and have seen a large response from community members on social media.
"I think the biggest part of this is becoming involved in the community we grew up in," Robert Giesbers said. "When we worked for a corporation in Utah ... instead of spending a lot of money in advertising, that is what grew our business. It is showing people that you are here to help."
Not only are the Giesbers juggling opening revitalizing the business, the couple is also in the process of having their tiny home constructed to live in with their dog, Sugar.
The 370-square-foot space is on a trailer, allowing the Giesbers to move it wherever they want.
"I have a friend that lives in one and she loves it," Tonya Giesbers said. "She has been in it for a year and has given us some tips."
The Giesbers met and went to school together at Forest Grove High School.
After graduating in 1995, the two married and had their daughter, Brittany Giesbers, who is currently living in Georgia.
"We grew up fast. The actual building for Forest Grove Coffee Co. was also built in 1995," Tonya Giesbers said.
Not only was that year a big one for the Giesbers, but the business also was closer than they thought.
"Our first apartment was a block away from the coffee shop above the law firm next to Theatre on the Grove," Robert Giesbers said.
The couple said the move back to Oregon to take on a coffee shop felt like the right choice.
"It is exciting, we have family in the area so there isn't the stress of having everything happen right now," Robert Giesbers said.
Eventually, Forest Grove Coffee Co. would like to expand and potentially open up a sit-down coffee shop.
"We are just excited. The whole point of this is to build the brand," Robert Giesbers said.
While the menu is in the works, it will feature granitas and drip coffee on top of full espresso list.
The Giesbers said they plan to sell their own brand of coffee beans, as well as chocolate-covered espresso beans and breakfast burritos.
Forest Grove Coffee Co. will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days per week.
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