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Cheney businesses partner for coffee and dessert hub


August 23, 2012


Staff Reporter

Timing is everything.

Bruce Tyson was looking for a location to base his new coffee shop when he saw an ad from local business Dessert Pals looking for a business to share its 1831 First St. space.

“It just worked out,” he said. “I met Scott and Marissa (Myers, Dessert Pals owners) and we get along great.”

They went together like, say, coffee and dessert.

Tyson, a Cheney native, has worked as a carpenter for the past 17 years, but he says he's always wanted to open his own coffee shop. While he enjoys carpentry, he wanted a more direct interaction with the customer.

“I love coffee and I love people and I try to make them smile,” he said.

So, The Coffee Connection was born. Tyson brought in tables, chairs and espresso machines. The shop will serve Tom Sawyer Country Coffee. He admits he's new to the coffee business, but is seeking an experienced barista to help run the operation.

Currently, Tyson is still working at his day job and The Coffee Connection is open during his days off, usually Saturdays and the odd weekday. Once he secures an employee, regular hours will be set.

The space is tucked away in the shopping center near the stoplight at First Street and Cheney-Spokane Road, but inside it's spacious and colorful. Tyson credits his wife and sister for the décor.

Tyson said he hopes the shop will be a comfortable place for residents and college students alike to come for a cup of coffee and a Dessert Pals treat, gather with friends, study or just relax.

“I'm looking forward to having it established,” he said. “I think people are going to enjoy it.”

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