Adell Johnson (left) and Marge Baker chat over a cup of coffee Tuesday morning.Manda Steensma (left) and Vicki Altena are business partners in WildFlowers Coffee Boutique, which opened officially Tuesday morning at the corner of Main and Cedar streets in Luverne.Enjoying the quiet back room are at the table at left, Nancy (left) and Macey Skattum, in the table at right Chris Koehne (left) and Dave Uppman, and at the window is Jared Schneekloth.

Coffee shop opens in the historic bank building

WildFlowers Coffee Boutique enjoyed an enthusiastic crowd of customers Tuesday morning for its official opening day.

Business partners Manda Steensma and Vicki Altena answered a few questions while filling orders behind the counter.

For example, why would these already professionally engaged women tackle such an ambitious endeavor at this point in their careers?

“This fills my creative side,” said Steensma, who left her job in the Rock County Court Administrator’s Office.

Altena, who left her post at the helm of Atlas for Life and Redeemed Remnants, said it’s similar to her previous work.

“I call this community ministry,” she said, referring to friendly smiles or even hugs, if needed.

Both women look forward to filling a need among their customers.

“We wanted to be a blessing to the community,” Altena said. “We wanted a place for people to sit and relax and just take a deep breath.”

When customers started lining up at the counter, they stopped answering questions and went to work.

But they pointed to their business motto printed in oversized letters on the wall behind them.

“I hope you are blessed with a heart like a wildflower,” it says, quoting poet Nikita Gill.

“Strong enough to rise again after being trampled upon, tough enough to weather the worst of the summer storms and be able to grow and flourish in the most broken places.”

The boutique’s interior design lends itself to comfort and solace with its high ceilings, abundant natural light, muted colors and natural materials.

Altena and Steensma had some logo design help from the Luverne Economic Development Authority, but the building remodel and interior décor are their own doing.

They’re proud of the history behind their new space. “It unfolded as we worked,” Altena said.

The corner building at the intersection of Main and Cedar streets once served as the Rock County Bank, and their back room — with exposed bricks and tin ceiling — was once the Mort Skewes law office and more recently Walt Tofteland’s law office.

The books that line the back wall are remnants from that past. “All books up there date back to the 1800s,” Steensma said. “It’s kind of a coming home for them.”

The coffee shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and serves lunch — soups, salads and sandwiches — from 11 to 1:30.

Information can be found on Facebook at WildFlowers Coffee Boutique.

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