JEFFERSON — After nearly eight months of renovations, The Harvest Cafe is officially open for business. The Christian based cafe is owned by Sami Ashley, a former nurse and her husband Steve Ashley, Associate Pastor at Bald Mountain Church in West Jefferson.
The Harvest Cafe first opened Tuesday, Aug. 11 after beginning renovations last February.
“It was something God put on our hearts to do, to just to give the community a positive, different kind of place,” Ashley said.
According to Ashley, she and her husband first began talking about opening a coffee shop two years ago but it wasn’t until she was in a car accident last October did she feel moved to make it happen.
“I felt like the lord said, ‘you need to do something, you need to do it now’ and it turned out to be this,” Ashley said. “So, this is how we got started.”
Ashley said she is a “nurse turned cafe owner.”
“It’s been a learning experience that we are just taking step by step,” Ashley said. “It can be nerve wracking, but it’s exciting. God’s provided each step of the way.”
According to Ashley, the cafe has a casual and fun atmosphere and supports as many local businesses as possible.
Menu items include sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, baked goods, desserts, coffee, espresso, lattes, smoothies and milkshakes.
In addition to food and drinks, a gift shop with items from local artists will be available for customers within the next two months.
“We are so thankful for the out pour of support from the community,” Ashley said. “We’ve just been blessed and overwhelmed in a good way with all the people that have been coming in with their positive comments and suggestions.”
The Harvest Cafe is located at 234 East Main Street in Jefferson and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. During the winter, weekday hours will change to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information or to order, call The Harvest Cafe at 336-846-3000.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.