by nathan oster
Greybull wasn’t without a drive-up coffee shop for long, as Teresa Collingwood over the Days of ’49 weekend opened The Coffee Barn on North Sixth Street. By doing so, she filled a void for drive-up coffee that was created when Sidekick Pizza and Subs closed earlier this spring.
Teresa said the decision to leave the Children’s Resource Center, where she had worked for seven years, and open her own business was made almost entirely for family reasons. She and her husband J.T. have a 1-year-old daughter, Josie, whose pull, she admits, is far stronger than any job.
“She’s pretty much the whole reason I’m doing this,” she said Tuesday morning between customers. “I’m still going to work for them one day a week. But they wanted me to go back into teaching. I love it there, I really do. But I want to be with Josie.”
Teresa said she chose the name “Coffee Barn” because it “fits with my personality. I was raised on a farm (on the outskirts of Spokane, Wash.) … and it kind of fits down here, since we have a lot of cowboys.”
She said she worked as a barista throughout her high school and college years and always dreamed of owning her own coffee shop. Thanks to her father and brother, she now has one —one that they built from the ground up to accommodate her and her daughter. The back room is in the process of being set up as a play area for Josey.
Teresa said she plans to be open seven days a week. She has been getting to work around 5:30 a.m. and seeing her first customers between 6 and 6:30 a.m. While she plans to work most of the hours herself, she is open to the idea of eventually hiring one or two people to help.
“Everybody’s been so supportive so far, especially during ‘49ers weekend,” she said.
The Coffee Barn offers something for every coffee lover’s taste buds.
“I can make any type of iced or gourmet type of coffee,” she said.