Coffee shop is Kamas’ new perk
There’s only one place in all of Summit County to get a drive-through coffee: Perks Coffee Shop at 5 South Main Street in Kamas.
Owner Kaia Sorensen and her husband Aaron tried for years to open a drive-through shop or kiosk in Park City but were prohibited by zoning laws.
Residents of Samak, the two were excited to take over the former Zions Bank building in Kamas and start serving customers on Sept. 6.
The only other coffee shop in town recently became The Cutting Board sandwich shop.
The Sorensens have lived in the area for the past five years and believed their idea had potential.
"We spent years researching the idea and thought for sure, with all the commuters and visitors, it would be successful," she said.
Tuesday was her busiest day so far, and Sorensen expects business to grow steadily as new developments are completed in the area.
Friend Brandon Bailey said he loves the convenience of the drive-through.
"It’s nice to have something like that in Kamas for a change," he said.
Bailey also helped Sorensen create the inside to be a place where people can lounge.
"I wanted this to be a place where parents could relax, use the free WiFi, and have a nice break from the mommy world," Sorensen said.
Adjacent to the main room is a child’s play area secured with a gate and filled with toys. Bailey painted a farm and barnyard scene on the surrounding walls.
"Moms should have a place to go with a play area that is family friendly so that a McDonald’s playland isn’t their only option," Sorensen said.
Aaron Sorensen said he hopes the shop becomes like a community center with a message board where people meet to socialize.
"A day bar, basically," he said. "It’s neat to be a part of that community."
Bailey’s favorite thing about Perks is the coffee.
Sorensen uses the Caffe Ibis brand from Logan. It’s not only local, and the best she’s ever tasted, but certified as shade grown, fair trade, and organic.
People who know coffee have told her they stopped in just because they saw she used Caffe Ibis.
In addition to coffee, like most shops, Sorensen offers different varieties of tea and iced drinks as well as baked goods and fruit smoothies. Hoping to be a stop for people on their way out of town to play in the mountains, she’s also stocked up on nuts, dried fruit and other energy snacks.
Perks also has artwork on the walls. Sorensen hopes to sell paintings from local artists on consignment and plans on featuring new pieces every few months.
Her location on Main Street is not only convenient for drivers, but is also adjacent to Beaver Creek where she can see people reeling in fish from her back window.
Perks Coffee Shop
5 South Main Street
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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