When Solid Rock Coffee House opened in April, Sara Konen’s dream became a reality. Together with her husband Matt, Sara owns the business nestled in the Ballard Plaza right off of Highway 69.
Since her first coffee shop experience at Café Diem years ago, Konen, who grew up in the Ballard community, has had a goal of one day being a barista in her own coffee shop. "I love serving people in this way," she said. "I love making good drinks, and I love that people enjoy them."
The Konen’s worked tirelessly for months getting Solid Rock ready for business. Much of the interior was built with their own hands and the help of some generous friends. Their goal was to end up with a welcoming space where people could relax. With a big comfy couch in a cozy little corner, a couple booths and plenty of tables, there is ample room for people to meet with friends.
"I want this to be a place where people feel comfortable, a place for the community to gather," said Konen.
And gather people do. From moms on coffee dates, to high school students popping in after school, to college students studying and a Bible study group that meets early Thursday mornings, a wide variety of people pass through.
Huxley resident, Wendy Casciato likes to stop in with her kids who enjoy playing the retro Carrom game and writing on the glass tabletops with dry erase markers. A mason jar of colorful markers sits ready at each table just waiting for someone to make the tabletop their canvas. A shelf filled with games encourages customers to relax and stay a while. And free wifi means you can keep up with the online world while enjoying a nice hot drink.
Cambridge resident, Cinnamon Dickens said she loves the warm atmosphere and the sense of community she has found at Solid Rock. "It brings a genuine sense of community to Huxley. A broader unity that is not about sports or school, but just about people being themselves," she said.
Solid Rock Coffee House is not only locally owned, but the coffee is also locally roasted. All of their coffee varieties are roasted in Cambridge at The Java Shoppe Roastery owned by Mike Heward. From Raging Bull, to African Decaf to a dark Sumatra and more, every coffee drink ordered at Solid Rock benefits two local businesses.
In addition to coffee, the menu includes soda, smoothies, tea, muffins, oatmeal, bagels and homemade pie, baked fresh in the coffee house kitchen.
The establishment is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.(ish) and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.(ish). A Grand Opening celebration will be held at a date yet to be determined.