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Alumni open new coffee shop for better atmosphere

Friday, September 14, 2007  
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By Jacey Jacobs

Vintage Timeless Coffee is Alan and Carrie Swan’s newest passion. The Swans co-own the trendy new coffee shop on the corner of 150th and Western in Oklahoma City.

Vintage Timeless Coffee is the product of a long-time vision of the Swans who are alums of Oklahoma Christian University. They are glad to see the store that has been open since April already becoming a place where service is emphasized with relationships.

“We wanted to have a place where Christians could come and openly speak about God,” Carrie said. “We also wanted it to be a family place where people could drink a very good cup of coffee, an alternative to the other guys.”

The Swans are co-owners of Vintage Timeless Coffee with Bill and Debbie Hull.

“I have really enjoyed working here,” Oklahoma Christian senior Ricky Coulter said. “We are encouraged to interact with the customers and to build relationships with them. It’s about giving them more than just a drink. It’s about creating an open atmosphere where everyone is welcome.”

In a very competitive market with Starbucks coffee, Vintage stands apart.

“If it comes to tasting our coffee, we win every time,” Carrie said. “The only thing they have on us is they have more locations and are better known. We have a better product and a better atmosphere.”

The product Vintage stands by is organic and fairly traded. Vintage orders its beans from the company, Equal Exchange.

This company ensures there is no middle man and that it is fair to the farmer who grows the beans. By purchasing this product, not only is the product better in taste and quality, but it also helps poor communities in South America by building schools and hospitals.

The taste stands alone as well. Instead of having a bitter finish like other coffees, Vintage’s coffee has a creamy one. The prices of the beans are more expensive due to their high quality.

“We would rather make a lesser profit and get a better quality product than buy a cheaper bean that is inferior,” Carrie said.

Vintage also competes in other ways. They created the famous drink called a “smooffee,” which is the alternative to a frappuccino. This drink is a combination of espresso, frozen yogurt and the drinker’s choice of any of the 22 flavors Vintage has to offer.

The response Vintage is receiving is overwhelming, but the Swans are enjoying it.

“Our customers are a delight and our staff is incredible. I look forward to coming into work every day,” Carrie said. “Eventually, the goal of Vintage is to multiply and have enough stores that we can open up overseas and help missionaries to be somewhat self-sufficient.”

Photos by Brittany Merideth

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