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Cristhian and Maria Avalos take over the deli and natural food store in downtown Madras

HOLLY SCHOLZ/MADRAS PIONEER
 - Cristhian Avalos says he is "the bread department" at Great Earth Café and Market as he prepares dough for baking.

The new owners of Great Earth Café and Market say things are going great in their first couple weeks in business.

"Thank you for the support and for coming in every day and talking to us. We have heard a lot of great stories, talking to people here. It's been great," said Maria Avalos, who recently purchased the downtown Madras natural food store and deli with her husband, Cristhian Avalos.

Previous owners Garry and Troy Boyd were ready for some time off. They first opened the business in 1996 and moved to the current location in early 2006.

"We're still going to have our regular menu, but we're going to add a few things," Maria said. "We just upgraded the coffee menu."

The café serves the downtown breakfast and lunch crowds, specializing in coffee, bagels, soups, sandwiches, paninis and salads. The market offers a selection of wines, bulk foods, grocery items and vitamins.

HOLLY SCHOLZ/MADRAS PIONEER
 - Cristhian and Maria Avalos bought the Madras deli and natural food store from longtime owners Garry and Troy Boyd.The owners plan to introduce some new foods to the menu, such as breakfast options, dinner entrees, fruit bowls and power bowls – a healthy mixture of quinoa, vegetables and beans. They intend to bring new items into the store as well and hope to extend business hours and eventually be open on Saturday once again.

"We do appreciate the feedback they give us," Cristhian said of their customers. "We want to know what areas we need to work on."

"If they want to see something new in the store, they can give us new ideas. We're open to everything," Maria added. "If they need something, we can probably bring it in."

The Avalos worked in construction in Springfield and for the last two years have also been in the coffee business.

"We have known everything about coffee," Maria said.

But, they were wanting something new and began exploring their options.

"The first time we saw the store, we loved it," Maria said.

They moved to Culver and began the process of buying Great Earth Café and Market in February. They took the reins at the beginning of April. The Boyds have been training the new owners and are sticking around for a while to help with the transition.

"They're helping until we feel comfortable doing it on our own," Maria said.

They both speak English and Spanish, and they have four employees. Cristhian pointed out that they practice COVID safety guidelines and limit the number of people inside.

Cristhian and Maria appreciate the patience of their customers during the transition.

"We're in the learning process. We want to say thank you for supporting us every day," Maria said.

Great Earth Café and Market

Owners: Cristhian and Maria Avalos

Address: 46 SW D St., Madras

Phone: 541-475-1500

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

Website: www.greatearthcafemarket.com


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