By Roz Kohls
DASSEL, MN Not only does Latte´ Da Coffee Shop in Dassel have a new owner as of Oct. 1, it also will have a new location after Christmas.
Caryn Riebe of Big Lake, a Dassel-Cokato High School graduate, and her mother, Judy Riebe, her silent partner, took over the coffee shop at 555 Parker Ave. W., Dassel.
After Christmas, the shop will move into the former Thistlerose Tea Shoppe building in Dassel.
Caryn Riebe was astonished at how many people in the Dassel area drink latte´s, she said Wednesday. She pointed to a bin above the latte´ maker that was full to the brim with coffee grounds. In one day, it was emptied, Riebe said.
Riebe always wanted her own business. Previously,she had worked at HTI in Hutchinson for 16 years, she said. When her mother heard Latte´ Da was for sale, she told Riebe to look into buying it.
“You can handle that,” her mother told her.
Sandy Crayford, one of the former owners, continues to work at the shop, showing Riebe the recipes for coffee, tea, scones, lunches, soups, smoothies, hot chocolate and Belgian waffles.
So far, Riebe’s favorite is the chai tea.
Riebe and her boyfriend, Greg Pieske of Big Lake, will be renovating not only the Goodriches’ building, but Riebe’s former home on Third Street in Dassel.
It has been an education for her to work with the State Department of Health in a restaurant.
“I’m learning as I go, here,” Riebe said.
The renovations in the Goodrich building also are hard work. Currently, Riebe has been ripping out carpet, she said.
Switching to a different building isn’t the only change Riebe is planning. Riebe expects to eventually lengthen the hours Latte´ Da is open, and she will add WiFi.
Riebe will continue Latte´ Da’s tradition of selling gifts, as well.