MATTOON — Curtis and Shelby McDowell, owners of the Milk & Honey Coffee House, were guest speakers at the Kiwanis Club in Mattoon on June 29.
The McDowells opened the shop in the cabin that once housed a tattoo shop, located at 621 Charleston Ave. in Mattoon. Sharing the space with the cafe is the FD boutique, which is owned and operated by Shelby McDowell’s sister, Rachel Cutright.
Shelby McDowell came up with the idea of opening a cafe while reading her Bible while on maternity leave. Upon encountering a passage that referred to “the land flowing with milk and honey”, the idea of creating a cafe that would provide people with a peaceful environment took shape.
When they opened their store, the McDowells called it Milk & Honey. Guests can find a selection of beverages such as espressos, americanos, chai lattes, cold brews, house energy drinks, and coffee. The McDowells hope to expand the business to other states, but are currently focusing on their home community of Mattoon.
For more information about Milk & Honey Coffee House, you can visit the store’s Facebook page. For more information about the Kiwanis Club, visit www.mattoonkiwanis.com.
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