DENHAM SPRINGS – The CEO called it a celebration, a learning experience and a chance to continue building relationships with its customers.
Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting continued a week of activities for the CC’s Coffee House that opened at 2200 S. Range Ave.
“It’s a weight off,” opening the local store, said Celton Hayden Jr., CEO/president of CC’s Coffee House, and himself a Denham Springs resident.
“We want to bring to the community a product they deserve.”
“We love our friends from Louisiana,” Mayor Gerard Landry said before the ribbon-cutting.
“This is part of our long-term recovery. It may have taken 1½ years, but they offer products and services here so people don’t have to leave the community,” to find it, Landry said.
Hayden said renovating the building was a new step for CC’s and they learned a lot turning a former fast-food restaurant into a coffee house.
“We had never remodeled before. We build our stores or got a vanilla box,” Hayden said. “We learned a lot in the process that we will able to take to other locations.
“I couldn’t be prouder of all the effort, the hard work and perseverance.”
On Monday night, the store welcomed employees and their families to tour the store.
The next test for manager Brandon Doskey and his staff of 26 will come Saturday when the CC’s Coffee House will hold its community celebration. The Denham Springs store will open at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The first 20 customers will get free CC’s coffee for one year. The first 100 customers will get free samples of the Uptown Jazz Blend. Activities for children include balloons, face-painting, live music and a photo booth.
The staff has been training at the Baton Rouges stores, Dosky said, and he has been impressed with the type of young people he has found in Livingston Parish.
The Denham Springs location is one of 14 to be opened by the end of the year, Hayden said, raising the total CC’s store count to 51. Six will be corporate owned, while the other eight will be franchise holders, he said.
Hayden said when he moved to Denham Springs in 2006, almost immediately when he went out, he was asked – When is CC’s coming here?
Chamber of Commerce CEO/President April Wehrs said the interest in CC’s was so strong, the chamber’s social media post announcing the store reached 70,000 people.
Hayden told how Community coffee began in 1919 with Norman “Cap” Saurage making a coffee for his neighbors.
“Community Coffee didn’t develop a company, it developed relationships,” Hayden said.
That is the foundation that follows CC’s Coffee House, he said.
Hayden recognized a special guest, Christine Spring, a 99-year-old resident of Denham Springs, who has been a community coffee customer for 70 years.
“I want to thank her. This relationship represents what we’re all about,” Hayden said.