The Nest Espresso Co. gives specialty drinks, baked items in Arlington | Native

Even with instructing at Metropolitan Neighborhood Faculty and coaching others at Eagle Athletic Membership in Arlington, Kelsea Wolfe wished extra.

Considering again to her time in faculty as a barista, she remembered getting to satisfy and work together with the purchasers she served.

“I liked the those that I labored with there, I liked the surroundings of all of it,” Wolfe stated. “And so along with instructing and training, I additionally had a dream and want to at some point have a espresso store as a way to facilitate that sort of neighborhood that I’d been part of.”

In December, Wolfe opened The Nest Espresso Co., at 720 W. Elkhorn St., simply off of U.S. Freeway 30. The small espresso store gives each specialty drinks and baked items for its prospects.

Wolfe and her husband, Andy, moved to Arlington three years in the past. Initially from Waterloo, she stated the 2 have been seeking to dwell and lift a household in a small city.

With expertise in instructing highschool English, Wolfe continued to show at MCC after the transfer and opened Eagle Athletic Membership at 340 W. Eagle St. in 2019.

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“Once we first moved to city, we observed the little workplace constructing off of Freeway 30,” she stated. “And like so many different folks have stated since we opened it as a espresso store, we had at all times felt like that might be the right place to have one.”

Wolfe had requested round city and checked out different spots in Arlington concerning the prospect of opening a espresso store.

“A type of concepts or choices by no means actually panned out into something, so we simply sort of sat on the concept, not figuring out if it will ever occur or if something would ever come to fruition,” she stated.

However round a 12 months in the past, Wolfe stated she lastly crossed paths with the small constructing’s proprietor.

“Whereas I used to be speaking to him about different issues, I requested if I might put a espresso store there, and he stated sure,” she stated.

On the time, Wolfe had just lately given start and was working full time at MCC and operating her fitness center.

“Folks would at all times ask me, ‘So when’s the espresso store going to open?’ And it will make my coronary heart damage as a result of I used to be like, ‘I don’t know, I’m attempting,’” she stated. “So it was identical to an actual sluggish course of to get issues up and operating.”

However final October, Wolfe give up her job at MCC, permitting her the time and area to get her espresso store up and operating.

“Once we first walked in there, it had been flooded again when the floods occurred,” she stated. “And it had simply sort of sat there so far as we might inform, so it was not fairly in there. It was pungent. It was soiled.”


After changing the constructing’s ground, Wolfe stated she needed to replace {the electrical} and plumbing, paint the partitions and tin ceiling and set up new cupboards.

“I don’t know who painted it or when it grew to become part of the constructing, however the lavatory had an outhouse door painted on it,” she stated. “That’s a relic from different companies that we left, in order that’s the one factor that stayed.”

With the constructing fully reworked, The Nest opened for enterprise on Dec. 20, 2021, with the identify representing the tight-knit neighborhood of Arlington.

“Even simply amongst our baristas getting to speak to individuals who come by means of and get to know folks, I simply need it to be a really community-oriented and pushed place,” Wolfe stated. “So ‘The Nest’ had this connotation of residence and luxury, whereas additionally tying within the theme of the Arlington Eagles.”

The Nest options espresso beans roasted by Hardy Espresso Co. in Omaha, whereas the tea leaves are from Artemis Tea and Botanical, additionally positioned in Omaha.

“We’re actually going for a specialty espresso, artisanal sort of model versus simply one thing that’s somewhat bit extra generic or replicable,” Wolfe stated. “So we attempt to actually rigorously select who we companion with and what merchandise we provide.”

When creating the drink menu, Wolfe stated she wished to maintain it easy and constant for purchasers.

“What I discovered is that individuals actually love our specialty lattes, so the baristas and I are having enjoyable at creating enjoyable seasonal drinks and specialty drinks as a result of that appears to be what folks actually like,” she stated. “So regardless that we’re actually pleased with our black espresso and our good espresso style, we’re having enjoyable creating these tastier specialty drinks.”

Moreover, The Nest sells baked items made by Cheryl Abbot of Again Alley Sugar Shack, one other Arlington enterprise.

Thus far, Wolfe stated the Arlington neighborhood has been supportive of The Nest, one thing she stated she’s been grateful for.

“It’s been so enjoyable to get to know extra folks by having the doorways open and having folks are available,” she stated. “So so far as I can inform, folks prefer it and are excited, people who have tried it.”

The Nest has additionally attracted these driving between Fremont and Blair, in addition to truck drivers on the freeway.

“So we’ve gotten to satisfy folks from different communities too who appear to get pleasure from it additionally,” Wolfe stated.

Wolfe stated she’s at all times searching for methods for The Nest to develop sooner or later, together with probably including exterior patio area for {the summertime}.

However since opening, Wolfe stated she’s loved getting to satisfy new folks and offering them one thing they’ll love and be enthusiastic about.

“I care loads about neighborhood development and growth and revitalization, so having the ability to tangibly put my cash the place my mouth is is one thing that’s rewarding,” she stated.

With The Nest, Wolfe stated she simply desires one thing that may make Arlington a greater place to dwell.

“The enterprise aspect of issues is clearly a necessity, so I’m so grateful for folks’s help,” she stated. “Nevertheless it’s actually the guts of Arlington and to see Arlington be a spot that individuals wish to be that drives why we hold doing issues right here.”