Kiva Sherr-Nelson and her husband Jesse Nelson hope to add a new coffee counter and 12 seats to their Mama Luna Apothecary business located in the former Supreme Bean space in Staples Mill.
Sherr-Nelson is looking for a special use permit to operate a 300 square foot coffee shop with an existing outdoor eating area.
Mama Luna Apothecary recently launched and successfully completed a kickstarter campaign to help fund a new cafe expansion. More than 40 backers supported the effort with $7,598.
Mama Luna Apothecary opened in the Staples Mill about a year and a half ago, and according to Sherr-Nelson she has seen an increase in foot traffic—and a need that is not being filled in the north end of downtown: coffee.
The plan is to serve coffee, espresso drinks, sodas, juice and pastries.
“We have had many residents of the nearby condos wishing that they could just go into a cafe nearby for coffee without having to go all the way to the south end of downtown,” Sherr-Nelson wrote in a letter to the Stillwater Planning Commission. “As you probably know, our shop used to be a cafe, and a day doesn’t go by when somebody doesn’t ask us for a cup of coffee.”
City staff recommends approval of the special use permit.
The Planning Commission will discuss the plans on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
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