By Shari Phiel
There’s a familiar adage that says “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” That couldn’t be more true at the Jo-to-Go coffee shop on Highway 56 – new owners Tiffany and Peter Thorstensen have been here before, literally.
In fact, the Thorstensens owned and operated the Jo-to-Go store from 1995 until 2001 when they sold the business to pursue other interests. A few years later they approached then owner Mark Chaffee, who also owns and operates the Berthoud Bed and Breakfast, about selling the unique business back to them.
Chaffee wasn’t interested in selling at the time though. “I guess after about a year of running it, he changed his mind,” said Tiffany Thorstensen. The couple bought the store back and officially took over running the business in mid-November and things have been great so far.
“Business has been great. I was trying to remember what the patterns were like before, said Thorstensen. “It seems like it always picked up in the summertime. But it’s already picked up quite a bit since I bought it.”
Changes are also coming to the exterior of Jo-to-Go. Local spray-paint artist Abram Bebo will be painting the building later this year to make the business more visually appealing. “I’m not exactly sure what we’re going to do yet,” noted Thorstensen, but she wants something that will stand out.
Another change coffee patrons can look forward to is the return of a Jo-to-Go favorite, the Jomocha shake, made with fresh ice cream and coffee. Jo-to-Go offers more than just coffee – along with a full line of espresso drinks and frozen coffee drinks, the shop offers smoothies, Italian sodas, canned soft drinks and fresh baked good from the J Street Biscuit Company in Berthoud. Prices on all are comparable to other coffee shops.
The shop is currently open seven days a week. Hours Monday through Friday are from 6 a.m. to noon and on weekends from 7 a.m. to noon. Thorstensen’s daughter will join her mother at the shop in mid-January so the store’s hours can be extended to 2 or 3 p.m. “I think there’s a market out there for afternoon coffee,” Thorstensen noted.
With several months of chilly weather still on the horizon, being able to get your favorite double-shot, no foam latte and a fresh pastry without ever getting out of your car may be just what the customer ordered.
<p>Tiffany Thorstensen displays Jo-to-Go’s wide variety of syrups available for Italian sodas.</p>