The Buckeye East Coffee Shop brings something special to Ada that common mainstream coffee places cannot. Where Starbucks and McDonald’s are well-known names across the world, this new coffee shop is the only locally owned coffee shop here in Ada.

Owners Amber and Nick Simon, and Fred and Kathy Rowe opened the coffee shop in June of 2021 in the building adjacent to Viva Maria’s on East Buckeye Avenue. The Buckeye East Coffee Shop’s recently updated hours are from 7 am-2 pm on Mondays and Saturdays; 7 am-7 pm from Tuesday through Friday and closed on Saturdays.

123 Buckeye East holds Ada’s new coffee shop along with various other businesses new to Ada and offices suites available to rent. (Chloe Lovell/Northern Review photo)

A unique aspect of this coffee shop is that it is the lobby of the 123 Buckeye East building. This lobby leads to various other businesses that are new to Ada. These businesses include Luella Mae’s Boutique, On Hand Healing Massage, The Selah Place, and Luna Collections. There are also suites available for rent (either hourly, daily, or for an extended period of time) for those who need a quiet workspace or meeting space. Studio 123 is also commonly rented out, hosting community events such as youth group sessions or various fitness classes.

The coffee shop has proven to be community-oriented in coordinating with big events happening in Ada. These events include Ada Prom, Ada Trick or Treat, and the ONU Theater Department’s performances of Beauty and the Beast. The shop sold specialty cookies and merchandise for Beauty and the Beast and handed out free hot chocolate during Ada Trick or Treat. The coffee shop regularly offers a variety of food and drinks to purchase. The baked goods available for purchase range from muffins to danishes to cinnamon rolls and more. Customers can enjoy the food to go or in the shop at the sitting areas available.

The inside of the Buckeye East Coffee Shop creates a quiet environment for customers with plenty of natural light and a variety of seating options. (Chloe Lovell/Northern Review photo)

The lobby room emits a modern farmhouse aesthetic with various types of seating choices, ranging from dining-style tables and chairs to lounge chairs with a coffee table. The large windows at the front of the shop provide a view of the street outside and plenty of natural light in the daytime. This room provides a quiet area for one to sit and do work, read a book, sit and talk with friends, enjoy the free wifi, and more. 

The Buckeye East Coffee Shop is a unique addition to the number of local businesses in Ada, but it is the first to partake in the coffee shop business. Ada may be known as the small village in the middle of a cornfield, but this local gem is helping to grow Ada’s identity in a way that worldwide franchises cannot. 

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