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New independent coffee shop focuses on Colorado products

By Laura Herrington Watson

A new independent coffee shop in South Jeffco has brewed up a mélange of local flavor, and the owners hope the shop's neighborhood feel draws area coffee — and pastry — lovers.

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Tammy Teixeira and her husband, Rick, owners of Foothills Coffee, entered the restaurant business when they took over Chatfield Sports Bar in October 2010 at South Simms Street and West Brandt Avenue. They remodeled the bar, installed a dance floor and began hosting trivia nights.

Tammy says the bar had lost its luster, but their improvements brought customers back. As word spread and the bar became more profitable, Teixeira says she and her husband started looking for ways to expand. Besides expanding the bar, they decided to open a coffee shop next door, which they did on Feb 20.

The coffee shop carries Dazbog coffee, chillers and pastries from Aspen Baking Company. Tammy says the pastries have no preservatives, something she hopes will appeal to health-minded customers.

The choice to carry local coffee, pastries, and even local photography on the walls is important to the Teixeiras.

“I think it’s all about helping the (local) people out,” says Rick, who shopped around before finally deciding to carry Aspen pastries and Dazbog coffee. Both suppliers are Denver-based companies.

Dazbog also appealed to the Teixeiras because it is a family business. “We met with the two brothers (who own Dazbog), and they really helped us out, getting set up,” Rick says. 

Alisha Lucero, one of Foothills Coffee's three baristas, says there are more customers every day. “It seems every day it keeps growing and growing. Friday was the busiest day so far, and today is picking up,” Lucero said on a recent Saturday. 

One customer, Rachel McCarty, had this to say while browsing the pastry case: “These brownies look amazing!” Like most other first-time customers, McCarty saw the sign while driving by and decided to check out the shop.

When asked if Foothills would become her own neighborhood coffee shop, she said: “It could probably be the neighborhood brownie shop.”

Other customers include employees of businesses in the Foothills Green shopping center, many of whom are becoming regulars, says Tammy.

The Teixeiras remarked on the positive community support they received while planning the coffee shop.

“One lady asked me to carry her photography,” says Rick, pointing to the local nature photography that adorns the walls.

Lucero says she was looking for a job when she heard about a coffee shop that would be opening soon, so she approached the Teixeiras to ask for work as a barista. “The owners are great,” Lucero says.

Tammy enjoys the proximity of the couple's two businesses. “It’s great having the two businesses so close,” she says. “I can come in and do everything I need to do. It’s really convenient.”

Rick agrees, saying, “I can bounce between the bar and the coffee shop all day.”

Tammy says she expects the same clientele to frequent the bar and the coffee shop.

However, there is a clear line between the two businesses.

“Sorry,” she says with a laugh, “You can’t get Kahlua in your coffee.”