Chelsea Weeks, Assistant News Editor
It is often said that the lifeline for many college students is coffee. Some drink coffee for the taste, while others simply drink it for the caffeine. Either way, the options of where to purchase the necessity is growing.
Elevated Grounds is a new coffee shop coming to Shawnee. The shop will open their doors for the first time Monday, Oct. 23. Elevated Grounds will be open seven days a week. They will be open Monday – Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Elevated Grounds has partnered with OKC Coffee Slingers Roasters in order to provide customers with a gourmet coffee bean. Espresso will be the base of all coffee drinks and the beans will be ground in-house. The coffee will be made in different ways depending on the customer’s preference. Some options include French press, pour over or a cold brew. Traditional, specialty and seasonal drinks will also be available for purchase.
A variety of pies will be for sale as well and be sold either by the whole or by the slice. Elevated Grounds is not just limited to coffee and will have an assortment of teas and apparel available.
The sole owners, Kyle and Amy Petitt, are Oklahoma Baptist University alumni who hope to use their business to provide the residents of Shawnee and students of OBU a place to study, hang out, watch Thunder games and overall impact the community.
“One of the things that I want to make a focus of our company, and this comes from me and my wife as well, I would not be able to sustain the company and enjoy it, enjoy what I am doing, if it’s only all about the money,” Kyle Petitt said. “I have to have a balance to where I feel like I’m purposely involved in the community in some way or another.”
Andrew Adams, the owner of Strom Communications, was roommates with Kyle at OBU and is currently helping him with the marketing of Elevated Grounds.
“Kyle and Amy are amazing,” Adams said. “I have no doubt that Elevated Grounds will be a hub for OBU students and Shawnee residents. Kyle is passionate about giving Shawnee a place to hang out and to be a community.”
Isabella Chiareli, a senior sociology major, started drinking coffee when she was 14 and drinks about five cups per week. She sees coffee as a treat and is excited to see what Elevated Grounds coffee will taste like and what the atmosphere will feel like.
“I imagine that it’s going to be packed with OBU students every day,” Chiareli said. “Having that variety will only add to the many exciting things you can do in Shawnee. There’s already stickers and things around campus, so I think everyone’s excited about it already. I think everyone is going to love it and enjoy it and be excited for more coffee. Lord knows we need as much caffeine as we can drink.”
Kenny Day, the Marketing Communications Director for OBU, started drinking coffee in high school and drinks about 25 cups a week. He enjoys coffee for the soothing taste and the memories he has of drinking it with his dad.
“I’m really super excited to have Elevated Grounds coming,” Day said. “I think to have a local coffee house that’s owned by an alum that’s right down the street from the university is a really big positive. Not just for OBU, but also for Shawnee I’m anxious for the construction to be done and for it to be opened so I can get in there and check it out and get my family in there to spend some time together and drink some good coffee.”