In the coming weeks, Breathe Coffee House will open its doors in downtown Hays, but what it will offer is much more than simply a cup of coffee.
For years, Patrick McGinnis, Hays, has envisioned a place where people can join together to engage in unrestricted dialogue.
As an associate minister, his vision is to provide just that as he puts the finishing touches on a coffee house with an environment that stimulates spiritual conversation and interaction.
“I want the vision, not the coffee, to lead the way — even though we will have the best coffee in town,” McGinnis said.
Located at 703 Main, the coffee house joins Salon MUAH and Julisa Haines Photography in the building formerly known as Brunswick Antique Mall.
“There’s been a group of people talking about a downtown coffee house for a long time,” McGinnis said. “When I heard about this place, I wanted to jump on it.”
The establishment of the business has been made possible by Dialogue Ministries Inc. — a nonprofit corporation developed with McGinnis’ vision in mind.
“I intentionally set this up as a nonprofit so I had people on board with what we’re trying to do,” McGinnis said. “I am currently trying to generate support for what this vision is.”
The space will offer seating areas on the main level and in the basement, which will serve as more of a lounge with couches and a piano, according to McGinnis. Upstairs, seating will be available throughout, with an area in the front designated for musical entertainment.
“I want something that will draw downtown, but close enough to campus that it could be a place where the kids can hang out,” McGinnis said. “We want to give kids an option to do something else — a place where they can study, relax, have good conversation with community leaders, ministry leaders or other people that can pour into them if that’s what they want. I want it to be a place where they can ask a question and get an answer.”
The coffee will be from Oddly Correct, a coffee roaster in Kansas City, Mo.
“They are a comparable feel for what we wanted, a family oriented place,” McGinnis said.
Plans are to additionally provide teas, smoothies, expresso and a juice bar.
“The total menu is yet to be determined,” McGinnis said. “More than likely, we’ll be doing fresh donuts, waffles, things like that.”
Rick Claiborn, Hays, has been working close with McGinnis as he pursues his dream.
“I’ve been trying to support him in reaching a destination that I think God put in his heart,” he said of McGinnis. “I really think this coffee shop will be a 3D image of his heart, and helping put that together sounds like a pretty neat thing to be a part of.”
Once the finishing touches are complete, McGinnis said he plans to invite leaders from within the community, including Fort Hays State University, to the coffee house for talks.
“I just want a place where we can bring anyone together and we can put God back in the conversation,” he said. “Coffee houses are great equalizers.”
To become involved with the establishment of Breathe Coffee House, or to donate toward the effort, call McGinnis at (785) 650-3904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found on the Breathe Coffee House Facebook page or at www.breathecoffee.com.