Small coffee shop & public house planned in old Bench home

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Two local folks hope to turn an old home into a new coffee spot on the Boise Bench.

Missy Cory and Guy DeKlotz purchased a 637-square foot home at the corner of Emerald St. and Wilson St. for a “neighborhood specialty coffee/public house” venture

“Preserving the character of the Bench neighborhood is vital. We plan to do so by utilizing the existing building with minimal yet key improvements,” the pair wrote in an application letter.

The house dates to 1949, but in recent years served a number of office uses – including a property management company and behavioral health business.

“Specific options offered would include a range of beverages such as in-house roasted cofee, tea, beer, cider, and wine,” the pair wrote. “Food options would start with pastries and possibly expand to include light fare such as soup, salads, and sandwhiches.”

They also hope to offer local art and handcrafted items.

A remodel would enlarge windows, add a food prep area, install a bike rack and include a new deck/patio facing Emerald St.

Cory works across the street at Massage Central, on property she co-owns. Cory also notes here family has been part of the neighborhood dating back five generations.

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