More coffee shops are brewing in the Crossroads

02/25/2014 5:47 PM

02/25/2014 5:47 PM

A Southwest Boulevard coffee shop will have new owners — again.

The Coffee Girls first opened at 310 Southwest Blvd. in 2003. It closed in 2009 and moved to Waldo.

In early 2010, Douglas and Jalene Berger took over the shop and called it Crossroads Coffeehouse. But Douglas Berger, who works in the concrete industry, is being transferred to West Virginia. So the Bergers have sold their shop to the Topeka-based PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. in a deal that is expected to close this week.

“I’m really happy we had a opportunity to be in the Crossroads at a time when we really got to see it grow,” Jalene Berger said.

PT’s owners, Fred Polzin and Jeff Taylor, had opened a coffee shop before, in 2000 in Overland Park. They sold it after four years, saying it was too far from Topeka to manage properly.

Now Taylor is moving to Kansas City to oversee the Southwest Boulevard shop. It will be called PT’s Coffee at the Crossroads.

PT’s plans to keep all 10 Crossroads Coffeehouse employees. But it is bringing in Second Life Studios for interior design changes. The menu will also be tweaked to include its own brand of coffees.

PT’s Coffee Roasting was founded in early 1993. Polzin, a manager of a national sandwich shop chain, and Taylor, a newspaper photographer, wanted a “better than average” cup of coffee. They couldn’t find a Topeka coffee shop to meet their standards, so they opened their own.

The award-winning coffee-roasting company now sells its premium, specialty coffee in its Topeka coffee shop, PT’s at College Hill, as well as at specialty shops and cafes in 35 states, and to its Internet clients.

“The Crossroads is a real fast-growing area of Kansas City, and we thought the space held great potential,” Taylor said. “And I wanted to live in Kansas City for the last 20 years, and this was my opportunity.”

A grand opening is scheduled for early April.

• A year after opening their wholesale coffee-roasting company, the owners of Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters are gearing up for their first coffee shop. They have taken a space at 419 E. 18th St., next to Grinders in the East Crossroads. A spring opening is planned.

Thou Mayest’s menu will include coffee drinks and pastries. But it also will be a place where people can gather and converse.

“When people say, ‘Let’s go get a cup of coffee,’ that’s a conduit. What you want is a relationship,” said Bo Nelson, a partner in the business with Bill Holzhueter, Dave Mullikin and Brendon Hildreth. “We are local guys in a local start-up wanting to promote and cross-pollinate with other Kansas City businesses.”

That promotion will include a small retail area selling local products.

Thou Mayest also will have an event space upstairs and an outdoor deck in back overlooking outdoor live music venue CrossroadsKC.

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