CALDWELL — Local coffee lovers will have another option starting this spring — a new Flying M Coffeeshop will soon open its doors in the old McLeod building at 724 Arthur St.
Owners Tori and Caleb McKim have a licensing agreement with Kevin and Lisa Myers, who opened the original Flying M Coffeehouse in Boise in 1992 and the popular Nampa location in 2006.
The third location might or might not be the last one.
“I think this is it, but I’ve said that before,” Kevin Myers said.
Caleb McKim has been working at the Nampa location since its opening 12 years ago, he said. Tori, too, has experience working in a coffee shop through high school and college.
The Caldwell location will have an espresso bar and bar seating, a children’s play area, fresh in-house baked goods, and will use coffee from the Flying M label, roasted in Nampa.
“We’re super excited about it,” Kevin said. “The historic character of the building and its location close to the (Indian Creek) Plaza is exciting.”
All pastries will be made from scratch, using as many local ingredients as possible, Tori said.
The shop will also have an art gallery featuring local artists’ work.
The McKims want to maintain the Flying M identity.
“We want it to be obvious it’s a Flying M,” Caleb McKim said.
Both Caleb and Tori will handle day-to-day operations at the coffee shop. Being around customers and seeing it all come together is what they’re looking forward to the most, Tori said.
RESTORING OLD FEATURES
Under a façade improvement program, layers of steel previously on the outside of the building have been taken off to expose the old sandstone and brick, building co-owner Bob Jenkins previously told the Idaho Press-Tribune.
The building’s original maple wood flooring and sandstone pillars in the interior have been uncovered, too, Caleb McKim said.
The coffee shop will be a big draw, Kevin Myers said. It will complement the many changes — construction of the Indian Creek Plaza and Reel Theatre — happening in Caldwell, he added.
Kelli Jenkins, co-owner of the building, said the coffee shop fits perfectly into the changes Caldwell is going through.
“It’s prime space,” Jenkins said. “We needed to find a partner that could align with everything that’s happening in Caldwell.”
Jenkins said she is confident the coffee shop will remain in operation at the Caldwell location for many years.
“They have such a following that will keep them around,” she said.
The renovation work started in fall 2017, and the shop is expected to open in April. No opening date has been set yet, but there will be some kind of celebration, Tori said.
The couple will hire about 15 new employees, they said.