By Kyle Siegel
Michelle Millsap has her hands full over the next several months as she has begun the opening of a new coffee shop in downtown Sedalia.
Moxie’s Corner Coffee will have their grand opening come March 21 nestled inside of The Maple Leaf Antiques and Tea Room.
The grand opening may be several months away, but they are already open for business to tweak their menu and prepare for the occasion.
Millsap was asked if she had planned on opening early ahead of the official grand opening.
“Originally I wasn’t going to open until February. Basically we will be here. We have already added a breakfast, but it is a work in progress,” Millsap said.
By the time Moxie’s Corner Coffee has its grand opening it will be a full service coffee bar at that time according to Millsap.
Millsap wants Moxie’s to be more than just coffee drinks. She wants it to have its own personality and to serve fresh, homemade foods.
“From now until Feb. 9 we are constantly revamping the menu. Our main focus is to make fresh products on site, nothing pre-packaged. Biscuits and gravy are the number one seller right now,” Millsap said.
Millsap was asked if the Maple Leaf Tea Room will remain open and if she will be taking over the operation of the already established eatery.
“In the next few months that is where we are heading. Right now it is a feeling out process. We are trying to segue into warm lunch and getting away from the cold deli stuff,” Millsap explained.
She added, “The way it is now, I am here running the breakfast from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., and Elyse is here from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. We plan on extending the lunch menu.”
Millsap was asked how and why she made the decision to open a coffee shop inside of The Maple Leaf Antiques and Tea Room.
“Because of the Downtown Boosters. I was a manager at Woods. The store manager at the time introduced me to Meg Liston and the S.D.D.I.
“After that Becky Imhauser introduced me to the Downtown Boosters. I was here for a couple of meetings and I mentioned in passing that I wanted to open a coffee shop, and the next thing I knew three women asked if they could help,” Millsap said.
Millsap also explained why she used the name Moxie’s for her business.
“Moxie to me is a personality. We want people to enjoy themselves here. Kind of going through historical data of Main Street in Sedalia, these names were popular here at the time.
“We wanted to tie it in with the Scott Joplin area,” Millsap explained.
Moxie’s is nestled inside of The Maple Leaf Antiques and Tea Room, located at 104-114 West Main Street. Moxie’s is open from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and The Maple Leaf Tea Room is open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
If anyone has any questions about the menu, they may call (660) 826-8383 or they may search facebook.com for Moxie’s Corner Coffee.
“My main goal to be down here is to help revitalize the downtown area and get some new blood,” Millsap said.