Downtown Mount Clemens is a cross section of Macomb County life. People from all over the county come to the city every day to work, conduct government business and go to school. It is a place where politicians, reporters, county employees, construction workers, judges and students all come together.
And something all of these diverse people have in common? Coffee. Yes, that comforting liquid that is part of our morning ritual, that caffeine boost that gets us through the day, that delicious beverage that makes all of us a little kinder to our fellow human beings. For too long, downtown Mount Clemens was missing an independent coffee purveyor. I am happy to report that this is no longer the case.
Minha’s Coffee Haus, located at 58 Cherry St. (next to the exceptional Thai Orchid), is open for business. Just in the beginning phase, this business is starting small, taking its time and carefully planning for future growth. Deliberate thought has gone into every decision – everything from the easy-to-grip cups that don’t require sleeves, to the Coca Cola products in glass bottles, to the inviting yellow paint on the walls. Extensive research went into picking the right coffee bean supplier. They decided to go with Dean’s Beans because they are fair trade, organic and kosher.
This is a family business run by Sora Childress, who grew up living in Korea, China, Germany and France. Childress worked as a sports journalist, but the nature of her work started colliding with her growing family, so she began looking into entrepreneurship.
“I wanted to own a business to have more control over my life,” said Childress. It gives her the flexibility she needs to spend time with her family, in particular with her son Ilan who works behind the counter. “We’re a close-knit family.”
Minha’s Coffee Haus has clearly taken on the personality of its owners. It is relaxed and friendly with an international flair. While I was there, the baristas were talking in French to one another and Childress and a customer broke out in German. There are plans to offer international baked goods in the future.
“We wanted to do something true to us, something multicultural,” said Childress, whose mother is Korean and father is German.
She created a space that is open to everyone. That’s why a large coffee is only $1.70, because she wanted anyone to be able to afford a cup – whether it is the high-powered attorney or the high school kid on probation. Childress is also hoping to provide the community a place to connect with one another, a place where the attorney and the high school kid can have a conversation. That’s why there are no TVs, just comfortable seating and light music.
Minha’s Coffee Haus’ inclusive and creative attitude is certain to foster growth and evolution in unexpected and exciting ways. The next time you find yourself in downtown Mount Clemens for a festival, work, school, jury duty or because you live here, grab an espresso or Mexican hot chocolate and give this new local business a try – and be sure to say bonjour to the friendly staff!
58 Cherry Street, Mount Clemens 48043
To learn how the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development is assisting this small business, read more at the Macomb Business blog.
Caitlin Gerds-Habermas works for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, often providing content for the Make Macomb Your Home website.