For this week’s Thirsty Thursday, AY About You visits with John Keith, co-founder of T.H.I.N.K. Coffee in Conway.
According to THINK Coffee’s website, co-owners John and Jo Keith “created THINK Coffee as a result of their own experiences with special needs services for children…They have seen first hand the struggles that families go through when dealing with the costs, regulations, and heartaches of trying to get the resources needed to increase quality of life for individuals with special needs. The contributions from THINK Coffee will go to organizations that can bring these needed resources to the special needs children and families that so desperately need them.”
“We were born out of the heart to be entrepreneurs and give back through a business,” Keith says.
Keith mentions that he and his wife lived in Oregon for several years. Upon returning to Arkansas, they realized that the Natural State had a lack of drive-thru coffee options, especially locally owned drive-thru coffee. The couple opened their first drive-thru coffee kiosk on Harkrider Street in Conway.
“We started it because we knew there was opportunity, but we’ve always wanted to figure out how to utilize that for giveback purposes, and how to be philanthropic in nature with a portion of our profits. Our oldest son was born with cerebral palsy. We’ve discovered he’s on the spectrum as well and is developmentally delayed. We’ve had a lot of great organizations that have helped us with him in Arkansas and Oregon. We have a lot of people that care and want to help be a part of our lives.
“That’s who we want to give back to. We want to give back and be generous to those organizations that help us. Just show them that we care and that they’re not alone and that they’re loved. We want to do great coffee and have great service, but we also want to be really generous to our community and show love to people who can have very lonely lives and feel ostracized in some ways because it’s hard for inclusion to happen,” he says.
The THINK Coffee website description sheds light on the establishment’s name.
“THINK Coffee exists to support special needs children and their families. “THINK” represents “Therapy IN a Kup”. Many individuals who have special needs require therapy, and THINK Coffee strives to connect children and their families to resources that can support their specific situations. Charity is at the core of THINK Coffee, and impacting the city and county in which we exist is the driving principle of the business.”
THINK Coffee has a whole host of beverages for the average customer to try, Keith explains. “We serve coffee mainly but have a few teas and smoothies that are available as well.”
At THINK Coffee, you can try the drinks such as the fan favorite Brainiac, or the Hocus Focus. Keith mentions some upcoming seasonal changes. “We have a full line of fall drinks as well as our Winter Menu called ‘The Griswolds’ which is named after characters from the movie Christmas Vacation,” he says.
Keith tells customers to be on the lookout, because the menu is always changing. “We are always testing and developing new items to feature, so any time you come in, a new item could be available. We also encourage creativity from our customers to customize their drinks with different flavors.”
Keith shares with us what makes THINK Coffee especially unique. “Our three core values: Charity, Service and Speed. We are constantly working to improve on those. We want to be an example to others in our community of what it means to be generous and love others well. We value each interaction that we get to have with our customers and strive to make them smile at every opportunity. We realize that people’s lives are extremely busy and time is valuable, so we want to get people a great drink quickly so they can conquer their day.”
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