Feed Your Soul: The Coffee Shop

805 Prairie St, Winnsboro
In this edition of Feed Your Soul, KNOE's Charles Burkett visits The Coffee Shop.
Published: Oct. 23, 2023 at 1:16 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2023 at 1:30 PM CDT
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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE) - In the downtown area of Winnsboro, across from the Princess Theater, sits The Coffee Shop. The shop has grown since the idea was born.

Owners Luke and Kallie Philips were teachers, and Kallie was making cookies as a side business to help with finances.

“Somebody told me once you know that cookies are a luxury and they really are,“ said Kallie.”They’re a labor of love.”

Then everyone found out. They received so many orders they needed a new space to work.

“It got to the point where I was teaching all day and then decorating cookies all night, which is only sustainable for so long,” said Kallie.

So they found a place on the main street downtown in 2020. “We actually started in kind of the in-between alleyway type like they put a roof over it at some point between two buildings and created this space,” said Luke.

Luke came up with the idea to pair coffee with the cookie business. After coming up with a long list of possible names, Kallie wanted to keep it simple. So, Luke being a business major, believed that simple was better, checked to see if the name was available, and The Coffee Shop was born.

Now it is a family business that many people frequent for the food and the atmosphere. It has been something the city needed.

The librarians Kayla Shirley and Dorothy Taylor love coming to the shop. They explain the impact it has on the community.

“Main Street itself has been undergoing a lot of changes and one of the things that we’ve kind of been missing here along Main Street has been coffee - has been restaurants,” said Shirley.

“Yeah, It’s a place to hang out, study, and just meet friends,” said Taylor.

Now it is a true family business, his six-year-old son Kent started Kent’s Cookie Cups.

The food and service are great, one customer, Ashley Anderson, said it is about consistency and convenience.

“It’s very convenient. I ordered actually sitting from my front porch. And so I knew it was a 10-minute drive to get here. And when I walked in, I paid and my food was ready,” said Anderson. “It’s consistently good no matter when you have it, everything is consistently good.”

Serving a chicken salad with seasonal flavors, a Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap, and Grilled Cheese with not-so-standard cheeses.

The Coffee Shop in Winnsboro is a place where Luke, Kallie, and Kent will Feed Your Soul.

Watch to find out my thoughts on the grilled cheese.