The timing is right. At least that is what Crown Jewelry owner Shannon Preston says about acquiring Confectionately Yours, a coffee bar and fudge shop that has been owned by Doris and Donald Jouett for more than 40 years.
What started out as a small shop on the square Oct. 13, 1975, grew into a much larger operation after the couple moved their business to the mall — a place they would stay until the move to their current location in 2003. From there, the couple downsized the business as they knew they would be willing to sell in the future.
That future is now the present.
Preston set out to acquire the coffee bar because the community really seems to love the shop and he wants to keep that going. It is a popular destination for many and he plans to make it even more popular by expanding and keeping it open later a couple nights a week as a hot spot for couples on a date.
The Hunting Lease is being closed to make room for the expansion where Preston sees structural changes and a remodel in the near future. In fact, he plans to have all of it completed by the second week in July.
Preston is excited to begin. He plans to keep all the current staff.
“They’re a great group,” he said. “They’re rambunctious, but they’re a fun group and they do a great job over there, so we are cheerfully and gladly keeping all of them.”
Preston even plans to hire a few more employees in the future once the expansion is completed.
The shop’s specialty will continue.
“The shop specializes in coffee,” Preson said. “They make the best coffee drinks ever and smoothies. One of the things she (Jouett) does that is kind of a sleeper is she makes her own fudge and sells it.”
One of the fudge recipes, Texas Triple Decadence, is trademarked and registered by Jouett, but fans of the famous fudge have absolutely no need to fear. Jouett is passing the recipe on to Shannon. That fudge is just one of many the shop sells, as well as of different types of hot teas, frappe freezes, frozen fruit drinks and coffee. Peaks of the Andes is the signature roast for the shop and comes free if one is a member of the “mug club.”
To become a member of the shop’s “mug club,” inquire at the shop. The club started after the Jouetts began bringing the American-made mugs in as souvenirs of Altus. It did not take long before they decided to make the mugs part of a neat club and now members can get the signature roast for free each day with their mug or pay just $3 to receive a specialty drink in their mug instead.
The Jouetts are excited for what the future holds for the business they started from scratch in 1975. The shop is a popular place for a lot of groups and they hope once Preston expands, more groups will look to the shop as the place to be.
Currently, the Altus High School Teacher’s Book Club meets there regularly, as does HeartLink, a group of spouses from Altus Air Force Base that visits quarterly.
The Jouetts, who will be married 57 years in August, are looking forward to retirement and relaxation for the first time in quite awhile.
“Forty years is a long time, but we look forward to seeing it continue to grow,” Doris Jouett said.
For more information on the mug club, specialty drinks or fudge call 580-482-7007.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221 ext. 2076.