James Ivie and Angela Sayer opened The Rocky Bean at 255 Farnsworth Way in Rigby. One of the more popular items is the Idaho Amethyst, a blueberry white chocolate mocha drink pictured above. | Courtesy of Angela Sayer
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New cafe in Rigby is a big hit with customers, owner says
Shop window for The Rocky Bean at 255 Farnsworth Way in Rigby. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com
RIGBY – Over the past few years, one of the most frequent requests among the people of Rigby is for a place to grab a cup of coffee. This request has now been accepted.
Angela Sayer and her boyfriend, James Ivie, opened The Rocky Bean on May 21 in the 1,200 square foot space formerly occupied by Cafe Catalina’s at 255 Farnsworth Way.
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Despite the low-fan opening, Sayer says EastIdahoNews.com customers are responding vigorously.
âEverything is going pretty well. Everyone seems happy we’re here, âsays Sayer.
She would love to have a grand opening later this summer with a barbecue and other activities for the community.
The Rocky Bean menu includes the full range of coffee varieties, including hot, iced, and splendid coffees, as well as cold brew and white coffee.
âWhite coffee doesn’t roast that long, so it doesn’t have the dark color of a regular coffee bean. The taste is also a little different. It’s a lot crazier, âsays Sayer. âIt might be something people should try if they’re not a big fan of the taste of regular coffee. “
The menu also includes lemonade, tea, Italian sodas and smoothies and a selection of muffins, scones, cookies, Rice Krispie treats and protein bars. Sayer says the most popular item to date is the Idaho Amethyst, a blueberry white chocolate mocha pictured above.
Sayer also makes gemstone bracelets with crystals and rocks believed to have natural healing properties. She also offers a selection in her store.
âWhen you buy a coffee, you can get one of our tumblers (a small bag of felt stones) for $ 1 (normally $ 3) to help you (introduce) our gems and their healing properties,â says Sayer. .
Sayer worked as a barista at Starbucks in Idaho Falls over ten years ago. Interacting with and serving customers was her favorite part of her job. Several years later, she got a job at a medical practice in Idaho Falls, where she worked for about nine years. She recently injured her back while working there.
About a year ago, she started looking for something else that wasn’t as hard on her body, and she started making bracelets with her home in Rigby. Through it all, she often remembered her old barista job fondly.
âI always told James it was my favorite job,â she says.
She knew there was a high demand in Rigby for a coffee and decided to open one and combine it with her bracelet business to deliver “coffee, crystals and good day vibes!”
âWe’ve combined two things that we love,â says Sayer. âOur friend is a local artist and she also makes the paintings on display there. Everyone likes to come inâ¦ and watch (everything) while they wait. It worked well.
One of the things she loved about this place, in particular, was the drive-thru on the south side of the building. It’s not something that a lot of people are familiar with, but she says it’s been helpful in gaining new customers.
âPeople who (know) use it so much,â says Sayer. “People who go to Yellowstone Google ‘cafe’, get off the freeway and come find us.”
Sayer says they’re very busy right now and happy to be up and running. If all goes well, they plan to open another site somewhere in eastern Idaho.
The Rocky Bean is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sayer plans to open on Sunday in the near future.
Mountain America Center conference center now has a sponsor
IDAHO FALLS – Idaho Blue Cross announced Wednesday it has signed the sponsorship name for the new Mountain America Center conference center. The new Blue Cross of Idaho conference center, which opened on May 18, is expected to be completed in September 2022.
The site measures approximately 48,000 square feet and will accommodate up to 5,500 spectators for concerts, high school sports tournaments and a new Idaho Falls junior hockey team.
Blue Cross of Idaho is also the title sponsor of the âIdaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Liberty on Parade Independence Day Paradeâ this year.
Community fundraiser sponsoring a local medical clinic and here’s how you can help
IDAHO FALLS – Nuclear Care Partners, an organization that provides benefit advice and home care to former atomic sector workers, is helping sponsor this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser, a dinner that aims to help feed the hungry elderly people of Idaho Falls.
The Empty Bowls Benefit Dinner will take place on Thursday, October 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and purchase a bowl to help fill someone else’s bowl. The fundraising dinner will also include a raffle for various prizes and gift baskets donated.
Community members are welcome to help paint the Bowls of Maybe Picasso at 351 West Broadway Street in Idaho Falls until September 20 or until the supply is finished. The cost is $ 3. Local artists are also welcome to donate the bowls they have made. Contact Nuclear Care Partners at (208) 932-8170 for more information.
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