N'Cahoots is a partnership modeling economic development, pulling together coffee shop, bakery, trendy clothing, re-purposed antiques and specialist craft vendors all under one roof.
George Nusz and her daughter Tiffany Riley were brimming with smiles Tuesday at the grand opening of their new shop, N/Cahoots. And the shiny new cappuccino machine stood ready to put out cups brimming with caffeine goodness.
"We've been so blessed," said Nusz. "We've been open for 3 weeks now and we are busy. Pratt has been so supportive."
Nusz said the most popular item in the store that keeps people coming back is the coffee. Latte, to be exact. But the bakery items, unique clothing and a wide variety of re-purposed antiques give everyone who comes through the door something to smile about.
"We wanted to give other businesses an opportunity to market their items and it just enhances our store as well," Nusz said. "We are here to support all of Pratt and highly recommend other stores and where to go for special items to those who come in and ask."
Harmony Lane Revival, a local antique repurposing business, furnishes an eclectic assortment of benches, doors, shelves and decorations that customers enjoy browsing through as they sip their coffee.
"Everything in here is for sale," Nusz said. "We understand that someday our vendors may go on to own their own shop because of their success here. And that's okay. We will just give opportunity to another vendor then."
Also experiencing success in the former Blue Moon location is Sweet Sal with pastries, muffins and cookies that go so well with coffee. Soups and sandwiches are also popular lunchtime offerings, all prepared by Sally Freeman, Sweet Sal's Baking Company of Pratt.
And, of course, there is a wide variety of coffee's for customers to drink and share. A special wooden door criss-crossed with a mock wash-line holds coupons for free drinks to be claimed. Some have specific designations, like 'free coffee for a policeman' or for "Miss Kansas when she comes to town'. Other coupons offer a free drink for a 'mom with a cranky child', or a free cup of coffee to be redeemed by 'someone having a bad day.'
"We are having a lot of fun with the free coffee coupons," Nusz said. "One woman came in and bought 20 coupons and sat and filled them all out. Our board is always full, we have a lot of people who like to be givers."
Nusz credits her daughter with many of the unique features of the store. Riley created the multi-colored N' Cahoots wall and created the Caffeine Kindness door with free coupons.
"This is just something we have always wanted to do together," Nusz said. "We are having a lot of fun with it and are so glad to share these blessings with Pratt."
N' Cahoots is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. They are closed on Mondays, but hope to add evening hours and events. Lunch service starts at 11 a.m. Bakery items often sell out for the day.