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Grab a cup of coffee, get a yoga class in one place at Manchester's newest store

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MANCHESTER, Michigan – What started as a joke for Anna Devers to bring a coffee shop to Manchester has now turned into a reality.

Millie’s Café grand opening is scheduled for 9am on Saturday 24th September. The coffee shop is located at 227 E. Main St. He will share his location with Deevers yoga studio, Exhale Yoga, which she opened seven years ago.

“This creates a communal space for people to come together and meet,” Devers said. “You have yoga, and it’s your meditation, along with your favorite cup of anything.”

Millie’s Coffeehouse will serve “anything you can think of,” Deevers said. If customers can’t find what they want on the menu, she said Millie’s Coffeehouse can create what they’re looking for.

Millie’s Coffeehouse is currently open from 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. However, Deevers said customers expect the café to add extra hours to its schedule soon.

Customers will find traditional cappuccinos, vintage sodas, tea, matcha, juices and more. She said the café also has unique flavors of the syrup, like smoked black cherry, black sugar and even salted egg yolk, which tastes like candy and vanilla.

Although Deevers has never worked in a coffee shop before, she said she is not nervous about the new business endeavor. Yoga and coffee are the things she is keen to give to the Manchester community.

“When you spend a lot of money on coffee, you better love what’s in your cup,” Devers said. “So I did a lot of research on the beans that we use (and) on the juices. Every ingredient that goes into the cup has been thought about.”

The shop also offers baked goods from local bakeries, such as Grand River Bakery and The Lakehouse Bakery in Chelsea. Baked goods will include croissants, scones, muffins and biscuits and will include gluten-free and vegan options.

Exhale Yoga works in the room just behind the coffee shop. Currently, the studio offers three classes a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, but plans to expand its schedule as October approaches.

The name Millie’s Coffeehouse comes from Deevers’ mother, Millie. Deevers said she has a strong relationship with her mother, and that Millie always cares about who visits her. She said she hopes to reflect her mother in her work.

It’s the heart of every rally,” Devers said. “It’s like the glue in the family (and) the one who keeps it together.”

Devers said her ultimate goal with Millie’s Coffeehouse is to make sure clients leave her business feeling better about what they did when they stepped into the space.

“I’ve asked (my staff) to greet everyone who enters that door because they are important, and I want them to leave here feeling their cup prepared with love,” she said.

With the café consolidating, Deevers said she’s already thinking about what she plans to offer customers in the future. One idea she had is to set up Millie’s Main Street Delivery which would be a corporate delivery service on Main Street so that employees of these downtown businesses wouldn’t miss out.

Deevers said others have already contacted her to bring Millie’s Coffeehouse to a second location. She said it will expand in the future, but she wants to keep Millie’s connection the same on every site.

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