LINDSBORG — Blacksmith Coffee Shop and Roastery in Lindsborg is making those late-night coffee runs a little bit cheaper for Bethany College students.
Again this semester, the shop will offer 15 percent off any drink of the student’s choice, for only Bethany students, during late night hours from 8 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays.
Molli Esping, business operator of Blacksmith Coffee, said the late night hours started in the spring of 2017 because of a staff member being a student at Bethany.
The student worked day and night getting the discount known by making flyers, putting it on social media and she even brought in her teammates and friends.
"She made it a lot of fun for everybody," Esping said. "Once school started again, we had students pleading for us to continue it this semester."
She is grateful for her staff, which is mainly made up of students, who have posted the discount on social media, spread it by word of mouth and put up posters at the college.
The discount itself was originally brought to life two years ago when Bethany was going through tough times, but has continued for study sessions and late night hours this year.
"It was a small way we could offer support to an institution that is such a big part of our small community," Esping said.
Esping said she loves seeing students come into their shop because it gives them not only a comfortable place to study besides campus, but caffeine as well.
Students can choose from espresso drinks, drip coffee, a variety of housemade pastries and treats — like housemade vanilla ice cream, cinnamon rolls, cookies, cobbler and much more.
All hands are on deck when it comes to keeping the coffee shop running. Esping's mother, Jill, puts her baking skills to the test and makes all the baked goods and works the front.
"It's an all-around family affair," Esping said.
She is hoping this discount will continue in upcoming years due to its success with students.
"Supporting the college and meeting their students’ wishes are a priority at Blacksmith Coffee. Lindsborg is fortunate to have Bethany in town and Bethany is fortunate to have Lindsborg to stand behind them,” Esping said.
“In the end, we are all supporting each other, and that is just one of the many things that makes the Lindsborg community so beautiful.”
For more information visit Blacksmith Coffee's Facebook page or their website at https://blacksmithcoffee.com/.
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