ASHEVILLE – A North Carolina barista has moved from a horse trailer to open a coffee shop in South Asheville.
For several years, Savannah Logan honed her brewing skills and learned the coffee business by working in stores in Wilmington. Her passion was based on both products and human connections.
“I’ve always liked coffee shops. I’ve worked with them since I was 17 and managed one for a few years,” said Logan, 22. “Growing up, I’ve changed a lot. I was homeschooled. This was the first place I felt I had a regular group of friends. And I saw people who would normally never interact become friends or talk about a common interest. I felt that a lot of demographics that have nothing in common still have coffee in common.”
A year ago, she tried her hand at being an entrepreneur and launched Lucky Coffee, a mobile cafe converted from a horse trailer complete with overhead bar, sink and fridge and powered by a generator. Logan has used it to serve clients at farmers and art markets, offices, sporting events, and more in Wilmington.
This spring, Logan opened Lucky Coffee’s first physical store at 2619 Sweeten Creek Road. The mobile cafe helped prepare her for the new venture in her new home in Asheville, she said.
“I love it. It was a long-time dream and it’s a lot of fun,” Logan said of the furniture store. “It’s a lot of work. It’s very different from being (in the cafe) because you have to be in the mood, assemble and break, and the generator, getting 20 pound bags of ice. But I still love it and it definitely prepared me for it even more than working at other stores.”
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Logan saw an opportunity to grow up in the town she used to visit with her family, she said.
“There are many cafes in downtown Asheville and the River Arts District, but in South Asheville there aren’t many, especially on this road. There’s not a lot of food or anything,” Logan said.
Lucky Coffee offers traditional hot and cold coffee drinks, including drip coffee, cut coffee, Americano, mocha, cold brew, nitro and frappe.
To reflect their love of music, classic cafes are named after classic rock bands, available as hot or cold.
The Rolling Stones is the name of vanilla chai latte. The Beatles is a combination of vanilla and coconut. Nirvana contains caramel and vanilla.
Fleetwood Mac is made with honey and lavender. Queen is a blend of white mocha and coconut. And Pink Floyd is a mixture of white mocha and raspberry, which gives it a rosy hue.
Artists are also rotating on the cafe’s playlist.
Lucky Coffee serves Counter Culture Coffee, a Durham-based company that many customers look to for its quality, sustainability model and climate control outreach education, she said.
The menu also features caffeine-free drinks such as hot tea, hot chocolate, chai, matcha, lemonade and the Arnold Palmer lemonade and tea blend. Milk alternatives are offered at no additional fee with options including almond, coconut, oat and soy.
Extra flavors and other add-ons such as hazelnut and whipped cream are available at an additional cost.
Lucky Coffee hours are 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Hours will be extended later to welcome after-work and school passengers traveling down Sweeten Creek Road, she said.
She plans to update the pasty offerings of baked goods and packaged snacks and expand with outdoor seating as well.
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It took nearly three months to transform the showcase before it opened on April 27. The renovated space features light fixtures, vintage furniture and decor pieces, including a custom wood counter and brick wall facade selected and hand-built by Logan and her boyfriend Wesley Regnier.
Original art is displayed and available for purchase in the store.
“I love the environment and I love being able to support local artists,” she said.
Potted plants give the cozy atmosphere.
“I always wanted it to be cozy and comfortable for people,” Logan said.
Lucky Coffee is also welcoming canine customers, as is a dog-friendly cafe. The company was named after Logan’s dog, which she had had since she was five years old, she said. Lucky, a mixed breed German Shepherd, was 18 when he died earlier this year.
The Sweeten Creek Road location resonated in Logan as it is surrounded by residential streets, and neighbors were welcoming, she said. It has a different dynamic than when she worked in cafes near colleges in Wilmington, she said.
“It’s all really amazing family and people neighborhoods,” Logan said.
Logan’s has witnessed how coffee shops can bring people together and hopes to create a welcoming space where diverse demographics can connect, chat and find refuge.
“I’ve seen people going out on their first dates or meeting up with friends. It’s such a good environment to take people away. … Take a step away from reality for a minute. Go have a drink with a friend,” Logan said. “I genuinely just want to have a good community of people who come here. We all get together and make people happy and forget about the stress of everything else.”
The Lucky Coffee mobile coffee trailer will launch again in the Asheville area starting in late summer. Reservation requests can be made online.
Where: 2619 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville
hours: 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday; 8 am to 3 pm Saturday and Sunday
Information: For more information, visit luckycoffeellc.com, call (828) 505-1242 or follow us on Instagram @luckycoffeellc or facebook.com/luckycoffeellc.
Tiana Kennell is the food and cuisine reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Help support this kind of journalism with a subscription to Citizen Times.