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Barbara Mattson 'passes the torch' to longtime friend

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Barbara Mattson and Sara Lake pose with coffee and a flower arrangement prepared for the Estacada High School Graduation. Mattson, longtime owner of Barbaras Flowers & Coffee, is passing ownership to Sara and her husband Bill. Mattson will continue to run the flower portion of the business.It seems like nearly all of Estacada frequents Barbara’s Flowers & Coffee.

“It’s like the hub,” Sara Lake said, looking around at customers happily sipping coffee and chatting intently. “It’s the place where all of the longtime locals come in and share and laugh.”

It’s been that way for years.

Barbara Mattson has run the business in the building on Broadway Street for more than a decade and she has worked as a florist in Estacada for more than 25 years.

The consummate local, Mattson said she’s known most of her regulars for 40 years.

As the new owner of Barbara’s Flowers & Coffee, Lake is committed to keeping the café the same “hub” it has always been.”Nothing is really changing, we’re just adding things,” she said. “It works! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Lake has known Mattson nearly her whole life.

Mattson was Lake’s school bus driver for ten years, and Lake went to school with Mattson’s daughter.

“We’re excited... I feel like I’m passing the torch, so to speak, to someone that I trust,” said Mattson, who will stay on to continue to run the flower portion of the business. “I appreciate all the people in the community who have supported me throughout the years and will continue to support Sara.”

Lake, along with her husband Bill, have plans to add to the establishment’s purview.

Barbara’s Flowers & Coffee will open for breakfast and will serve homemade baked goods prepared on the premises.

The Lakes and Mattson hope eventually to bring back the Broadway Wine Bistro, a popular draw when held in years past, complete with wine, dinner and live music.

“Things to look forward to,” Lake said.

The Lakes officially become the new owners of Barbara’s Flowers & Coffee on June 16.

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