First neighborhood coffee shop to open

Second Fika Coffee House to open in Idyllwilde

Posted 2/10/15

The first neighborhood coffee shop in Parker will be based in a former home sales office in Idyllwilde.

Josh and Anna Rivero, the owners of Fika Coffee House in downtown Parker, have had their eyes on the charming, cabin-like structure since …

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First neighborhood coffee shop to open

Second Fika Coffee House to open in Idyllwilde

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The first neighborhood coffee shop in Parker will be based in a former home sales office in Idyllwilde.

Josh and Anna Rivero, the owners of Fika Coffee House in downtown Parker, have had their eyes on the charming, cabin-like structure since moving to the eastern Parker subdivision eight years ago.

Village Homes, which developed Idyllwilde over the last decade, always planned to turn the sales office into a business that would be useful to nearby homeowners. A general store was considered, but in today's on-the-go society, a coffee shop seemed like a logical choice.

“This is the first time a commercial aspect has been outside of the commercial core. Village Homes thought ahead and they looked at the Denver model with urban cores in the center of neighborhoods,” said Josh Rivero, who cited the South Gaylord and Pearl Street districts as successful examples.

The Riveros repeatedly inquired about the availability of the 1,350-square-foot building, and once the neighborhood was built out, Village Homes decided to sell. The new owners closed in December and renovations are underway. The second Fika Coffee House in Parker is tentatively scheduled to open in April on the northwest corner of Canterberry Parkway and East Idyllwilde Drive.

It is expected to capture morning and evening commuters from Spirit Ridge, Canterberry Crossing, Buffaloberry and Idyllwilde, who file down Canterberry Parkway. Fika will also attract students who might need a study getaway and retirees who can take a leisurely stroll down the street for a cup of coffee.

Wyatt Hornsby, who moved to Idyllwilde more than four years ago, said he is eager to have a coffee shop so close by.

“What's most exciting is it's a place where neighbors can gather and connect and really feel like a part of the community,” said Hornsby, who is a regular at Fika Coffee House's original location.

Hornsby's father-in-law, who often visits from the Pittsburgh area, has become such a fan of the downtown location that Fika is part of his vacation itinerary. He even has walked the seven miles roundtrip that it takes to get there and back.

With good java and an expanded menu to include lunch options, it's easy to see why the adults might be excited. But the kids have much to look forward to. The old sales office happens to be next to the community pool, and ice cream is one of Fika's add-ons.

“That's the icing on the cake. My son is very excited,” Hornsby said. “We always go to the pool in the summer.”

Although Hornsby doesn't know the Riveros personally, he is glad that the coffee shop will be owned and operated by someone who lives in the neighborhood. Josh Rivero, a member of Parker Town Council, said he plans on being a good neighbor and a steward of the prime location. He will leave the 1.2 acres as it is, preserving a spectacular view of the mountains.

“We're not here to do business and go home at night,” Rivero said. “This is home for us.”

Where the name comes from

Fika (pronounced fee-KAH) Coffee House opened on Mainstreet in April 2008 and was named after the Swedish custom of “fika,” a verb which, loosely translated, means “to meet over coffee.” Fika serves “organic, fair trade” Kaladi Coffee and a variety of organic and herbal teas from Two Leaves Tea Company.

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