BY LEANN DILBECK –
Only one year into the coffee shop business and Ms. Arby Ryalls is expanding, opening her second location. Ryalls purchased Friendship House in January 2017 and is starting off 2018 opening her second location, The Coffee Vault, in South Polk County.
Arby seized an opportunity to lease the former bank (First National Bank / Bear State Bank) building on Hwy 71 South across from the Hwy 4 intersection, thus, the name Coffee Vault. Arby is looking forward to the locale providing a drive-thru as an added convenience for her customers. “Our drive thru is not complete but just drive up to the speaker and let us know you are there.”
Initially, the Coffee Vault will be serving breakfast items and pastries all day, “We are hoping to achieve a ‘down home’ coffee house vibe,” Arby explained. All of the coffees will be the same as those available at the Friendship House, along with a few added extras, that Arby is excited to share with her customers. “Our house blend coffee has changed and I can’t wait for every one to try this new blend!”
Unlike Friendship House, the Coffee Vault will not have a salad or soup bar or any specialty sandwiches.
‘Leslie J.,’ a familiar face to Friendship House customers, has been named as the Coffee Vault Manager. Arby added that Liberty would be Saturday’s barista and many other familiar faces, including hers, will be in and out.
A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, and will include $.50 house blend coffees all day, along with a 10% discount on food and drink orders. Free scone samples will be available and will include apple, chocolate chip, and blueberry.
Arby has announced Coffee Vault’s hours as Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. but said that they may have to adjust according to the needs of their customers.
The Coffee Vault will also feature FREE WiFi so customers can catch up on work, emails, or homework assignments… all while enjoying delicious Coffee Vault brews and sweets.
Arby is stoked that she can continue the work she has come to develop an extreme appreciation for and the relationships she’s built, saying that the customers and staff have been her greatest enjoyment. “I have met the most amazing people here this last year. Of course, the staff I dearly love. I plan on making new friends, and learning more history at our Cove location.”
With all of the stresses of being a small business owner and opening a second location, Arby maintains perspective and sense of humor, “Just remember to have fun! Life is just a journey so laugh a lot and drink good coffee!”