Too Many or Not Enough: Coffee Stops in Natrona County

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For many of us, the best part about waking up in the morning is getting a good cup of coffee.

Coffee is considered a staple for many early birds as each day brings a new brew.

News 13 spoke with Briel VanValkenburg co-owner at Buckin’ Brew shared, “There is a ton of coffee shops in Casper, which is why we try to capitalize in mills a little bit. I would love to see, not as many corporate businesses. I would love to see more small town, locally owned and locally operated like we are."

The number of local coffee shops have grown in the past year and owners hope to become a staple in the community.

Makenzie Rothfuss owner at Crescent Moon Coffee Shop commented, “People you meet in a coffee shop are usually liking similar kinds of things. They are all usually here for studying purposes, or just relaxing or for good conversation and you just make good ties."

In the City of Casper, there are 18 different coffee shops, and in Mills, only two and very few of them are locally owned.

With the heavy competition coming from corporate stores like Starbucks and City Brew, local shop owners are looking for ways to stay ahead of the big name businesses.

"I’m doing a poll right now on Facebook with some of my customers to see if it would be more beneficial for us to open from like 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night to 2 a.m. Black Friday morning and then reopen again at like 4:00 in the morning for the people that need an extra caffeine boost."

Local owners said they are happy to have other local shops move into the area to serve Natrona County and all have the same goal, serving customers one cup at a time.