The Koffee Kabin

Darlene and Gary Poier
Carstairs, AB

The Koffee Kabin is a quaint little coffee shop serving all sorts of coffees, teas, smoothies, and light lunches to residents and visitors in the Carstairs area. The Koffee Kabin is in the oldest commercial building in Carstairs and started out life as a lumber yard and coal dispensary. It has been everything from a real estate office to a gift shop to a bakery and deli. In 2010 it became Cafe Radio and was once featured on "You Gotta Eat Here". In 2015 it was converted to a coffee shop and was a thriving business when Darlene and Gary Poier took over in January 2018.
Prior to purchasing the Koffee Kabin, Darlene spent months doing market research and creating a viable business plan before approaching a bank for funding. Unfortunately, she was unable to secure the funding she required through a traditional bank but had heard about Community Futures through a friend. She approached Community Futures and they were able to work with her to provide the financing needed to purchase this business.
Fast forward 9 months and the Poiers’ have many new and exciting things on the horizon for their beloved little coffee shop. They rent out their space to people wanting to host workshops, and since they took over in January, they have held various paint nights, Spanish lessons, and yoga classes. Coming up they are going to be hosting a bookbinding workshop (put on by Darlene Poier herself), a short story writing course, more paint nights, and they are working on bringing in musical events as well.
Recently, the Koffee Kabin received Bronze in the Mountain View Gazette Reader's Choice Awards for best cup of coffee in Mountain View County, which is definitely something to be proud of! They are now also providing a healthy menu to the brand-new gym in town, and on Tuesdays they go around to businesses on the main street taking lunch orders, which they then deliver. Most of the businesses are owner-operated and it can be difficult to get away during the day, so Darlene and Gary decided to provide this service for them.
This coffee shop has become a meeting place for people of all ages. It's been a place for business, fellowship, spiritual guidance, and study, and has become an important piece of this community. Darlene often says that this building is magical - it's a happy and comfortable place for people to gather.
The Koffee Kabin is located at 1112 Osler Street in Carstairs, so if you are in the area, stop by to grab a coffee or lunch and say hi!

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