Melissa Phillips is embarking on yet another business adventure, using several of her passions to serve the community when she opens Twelve Cities Coffee & Cafe next month.
Phillips is not new to the small business scene. Before owning Wheatgrass Juice Bar, she ran a photography business, painted murals, and held certifications in essential oils and supplements. She is also a health and wellness coach.
After recently selling Wheatgrass to a local buyer, and Phillips is ready for what’s next.
Twelve Cities — which is going inside the front of the Legacy Owensboro Church building at 5333 Frederica Street — will offer Phillips the opportunity to keep her focus the same, as she will offer healthier options of food and beverages to her customers in addition to continuing her health and wellness focus.
“I sold Wheatgrass and didn’t want to run two businesses at one time even though I knew I could,” Phillips said. “My time would be spread too thin. Legacy Church is also a community building. It will be great to be here at the church instead of across town.”
When Twelve Cities opens next month, Phillips says she will offer a variety of menu items such as chicken, burgers, wraps, juices and of course, coffee.
“Coffee will be a new adventure for me. I’m always building and learning new things,” Phillips said.
Phillips will continue to offer coaching to her customers, keeping not only their goals in mind, but considering the healthiest avenue to reach those goals.
“Some people need a particular product,” Phillips said. “They tell me they have pain issues or say they want to lose weight and ask me what I have on my shelf. I offer a free consultation where I sit down with them and try to get to the root of their problem.”
High-top tables, bar seating, and a cooler to offer grab-and-go food items will be a few features of the new spot.
“If they call ahead of time, we can offer a big round table that seats up to eight people for a meeting or a luncheon,” Phillips said.
Ultimately, the goal of Twelve Cities Coffee is to offer the community a spot to find a healthier option in food and beverage choices in a great atmosphere. Phillips also appreciates the opportunity of a new challenge and will continue to offer nutritional supplements and CBD oil.
“I expanded the business at Wheatgrass in five years,” Phillips said. “I love building businesses up and turning it over to someone new. I love to grow it and then I move on to a new challenge.”