COLUMBUS GROVE — A new coffee shop, Ooh La Latte, has opened in downtown Columbus Grove offering coffee, pastries and home decor.
The business at 119 N. High St. opened Sept. 21 and is located inside the former Erie Insurance building. It is owned by Columbus Grove native Jill Glass and her husband, Brent. They have three daughters, three sons-in-law and two grandsons.
Glass, who taught seventh grade language arts and reading for 34 years at Columbus Grove schools, retired and learned the building was available for purchase. Her son-in-law’s brother was an insurance agent there, and her husband encouraged her to buy it.
Keith and Diane Johnson, baker from Columbus Grove, were interested in renting the space for pastry sales, and the Johnsons and Glass struck up a partnership.
When she was in high school and college, she was a waitress at LK Restaurant in Ottawa where she served a lot of coffee and said she is going back to her “roots.”
“I want our customers to experience the good taste of our coffee,” Glass said. “Our community is always supportive of one another.”
In-house coffees are made by Rabato Coffee, and Columbus Grove resident Aaron Bremer roasts the coffee beans.
“He was my student when he was in seventh grade. Now I’m his student because he has taught me everything about the coffee business,” Glass said.
Knueven Creamery, of Leipsic, provides the milk used to make beverages.
Coffee types are chichen and bellavista that pick up undertones of streusel and brown sugar. Decaffeinated coffee also is available.
Options include americano, cappuccino, espresso, latte and iced latte. Flavorings are vanilla, white chocolate, hazelnut, raspberry, caramel, pumpkin spice, marshmallow and amaretto.
Customers can purchase coffee beans that can be ground at the store and put back in a bag to take home. Seasonal flavors will be available.
Pastries consist of muffins, quickbreads, coffee cake and cookies.
Plans are to sell hot chocolate and hot cider in the future as well as Hunts Brothers chocolates and larger loafs of bread.
A seating area is set up inside the business where customers can enjoy their coffee. Seasonal items such as coffee mugs, wall decor and linens are displayed in the room and are for sale.
Business hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.