Barbara Mattson 'passes the torch' to longtime friend
It seems like nearly all of Estacada frequents Barbaras Flowers & Coffee.
Its like the hub, Sara Lake said, looking around at customers happily sipping coffee and chatting intently. Its the place where all of the longtime locals come in and share and laugh.
Its 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 shes known most of her regulars for 40 years.
As the new owner of Barbaras Flowers & Coffee, Lake is committed to keeping the café the same hub it has always been.Nothing is really changing, were just adding things, she said. It works! If it aint broke, dont fix it.
Lake has known Mattson nearly her whole life.
Mattson was Lakes school bus driver for ten years, and Lake went to school with Mattsons daughter.
Were excited... I feel like Im 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 establishments purview.
Barbaras 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 Barbaras Flowers & Coffee on June 16.
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