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New coffee shops opens downtown during pandemic; customers are happy

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A brand new business, Kanela Blended Drinks and Bites, opened in Fort Wayne. The business is a women and minority owned coffee shop at the corner of Harrison and Pearl Street downtown. 

The business's first day was Monday, and so far, a co-owner of Kanela said business is going well so far despite the ongoing pandemic. 

A co-owner said the business started as a food truck and they slowly opened up a coffee shop.

Management told ABC21 they delayed the opening for several months because of COVID-19, but they persevered and were abler to eventually open up the shop. 

Co-owner Flora Barron said the support they've received since they've opened their new shop is great. 

"This has been a dream in the making for a couple years and knowing that we have the support of the Fort Wayne public has been a big blessing for us,” Barron said. 

She said despite the ongoing crisis, she was left with a decision to either open the shop now or never.  

"The payments starting coming up so we had to open ready or not,” she said.  

The shop offers a variety of coffee, smoothies, and much more.  Barron said she wants to appeal customers taste buds, and help them with their health. 

Another customer, Michael Bartkiewicz said he really enjoys Kanela because of its big selection of food and drinks. 

“I mean I'm a huge supporter of any local business,” he said. “I think anything that can bring more people downtown to help get downtown built up is an amazing thing... I think it's more appealing than a regular Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts because it offers things that I don't think you can find anywhere else... what's not to love about that.” 

The shop's hours are Monday- Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

You can check out a menu here.

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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