Years of working for another business paved the way for Mikki Radabah to open a coffee house and cafe in Woods Bay.
Radabah and her daughter, Ashlee Armstrong, opened Priscilla’s Pour House in August.
Radabah worked as a coffee educator for Montana Coffee Traders for eight years and got the coffee bug during that time.
“I’ve been doing it for somebody else for so many years,” Radabah said. “I decided, ‘Why not do it for myself’?
“My passion is coffee, but my customers are what make me happy,” she said.
The business, decorated in shades of purple, is named after Radabah’s granddaughter, who is, of course, Armstrong’s daughter.
Priscilla’s Pour House sells more than just coffee, serving breakfast and lunch daily, too.
Business hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
“It’s turning into more food than I was expecting because the locals are ready for it,” Radabah said.
Among the menu items are a variety of deli and panini sandwiches, salads and soups. Breakfast offerings range from egg scramble sandwiches with meat or veggies, to pastries, bagels, yogurt, granola, fruit, cookies, oat bars and a variety of muffins.
“I’m anxious to become part of the community,” Radabah said.
Radabah’s husband Bob remodeled a shed which is now the coffee house. The Radabahs acquired the shed when they purchased a former bed and breakfast. They converted the B&B into their home, where they now live.
The property was reputedly the longest-running brothel in the Flathead Valley, the Old Cherry Way Inn.
“It was one penny at a time, one stick at a time,” Radabah said of the coffee house remodeling.
“Every day we set a little goal and every day we exceeded it.”
Priscilla’s Pour House is located on the east side of U.S. 35 in lower Woods Bay. The phone number is 837-1369.
Reporter Caleb Soptelean may be reached at 758-4483 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.