Kingman coffee house garners award

Brenda Miller, owner of the Oldtown Coffeehouse at 616 Beale St., in historic downtown Kingman received the Northern Arizona Success Award in Flagstaff Friday.

Secretary of State Betsey Bayless presented the award at an Arizona Small Business Development Center Network event.

Miller has operated the Oldtown Coffeehouse for nearly two years after purchasing the business form Dora Green.

"I went to the Small Business Development Center to find help with financing and to develop a business plan," Miller said.

"They gave me counseling, helped prepare the financial package and the business plan."

Miller has daily breakfast and lunch specials for a "regulars" who work downtown and tourists looking for a relaxing atmosphere and the ambience of Kingman.

"The Oldtown Coffeehouse is a community gathering place that welcomes locals and tourists," Kathy McGehee, director of the local SBDC, said.

"It is a good example of a 'mom and pop' business success in a rural community."

McGehee nominated several Mohave County businesses for the statewide award.

The unique character of the Oldtown Coffeehouse made it an interesting entry, she said.

Miller has live entertainment on Friday evenings from 7:30 p.m.

to 9:30 p.m.

Local musicians perform with Christopher C and Homemade Jam as regular entertainers.

It has taken long hours and sheer determination to succeed, Miller said.

"I grew up across the tracks in a home on Fourth Street," she said.

"I like the old-fashioned idea of a business giving extra service and taking a personal interest in the customers."

She said the coffeehouse offers a place to relax and for people to rejuvenate.

It has a sense of contentment that brings people back.

"Even with the slow economy, we have been doing well," Miller said.

"County and city employees, lawyers, teachers, doctors, other citizens and tourist keep coming back."

McGehee and then-SBDC counselor Terri Holloway, worked with Miller to obtain a loan through Mohave State Bank, build a business plan and market the business.

"We like to begin with the business like we did with Brenda," McGehee said.

"However, we often are contacted after the business is in trouble and there are fewer options."

McGehee credits Miller with the enthusiasm and long hours needed to convert the business from the previous owner to her own.

She added gift baskets, new breakfast and lunch items and other gift items.

The store sells a wide selection of coffee beans and ground coffee, teas and other drinks.

The Oldtown Coffeehouse opens Monday through Friday at 7 a.m.

and closes at 6 p.m.

except Friday when closing is at 10 p.m.

Saturday hours are 8 a.m.

to 5 p.m.

and the business is closed Sunday.