Service bringing daily grind out to your daily grind
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:28 PM
For those that often find themselves jonesing for a latte but cant get away to grab one, now that latte will come to you.
And its all made possible thanks to Tracy Halverson.
Halverson decided a few months ago that 27 years in the restaurant business was enough and, with help of her husband Chad, is now taking coffee and other goodies to the streets of Port Orchard in Halversons Coffee World.
There was nowhere else to go as far as advancement, Halverson said of her restaurant career. I just thought that I could do something for myself, and this happened to fall into our laps.
This would be the bobtail truck she purchased just over a month ago and, with Chads custom handiwork, transformed into a rolling espresso shop.
And for the last four weeks, shes been cruising in and around Port Orchard making daily stops, selling a wide variety of coffees and snacks.
Customer service thats what I do, Halverson said while at one of her stops last Wednesday. Customer service is what I know. I love talking to people, visiting, that kind of stuff. And this is something simple its coffee.
So far, Halverson has been making daily stops at the local schools, the South Kitsap administration building, the districts bus barn, City Hall and many other large businesses around town.
The back of the bobtail truck is outfitted like a small kitchen, including a working sink, storage space, microwave oven and refrigerator and, of course, an espresso machine. From there, Halverson mixes and matches any flavor to fill her customers needs, including ice coffees and hot chocolate, to go along with a variety of pastries and muffins.
She plans to add smoothies next summer and may expand her small menu choices.
I have all kinds of things in here, Halverson said. And I try to make it accessible to businesses because sometimes once they get in (to work), they cant get out.
So far, Halverson said shes been concentrating on areas that lack a local espresso shop and wants to cater to those that really dont have the option of leaving work to get a cup of joe.
That includes physically entering the work area to take orders and then hand- delivering them.
That way, they dont have to stop working. They dont have to leave their desk, Halverson said. For the most part, Im there for them.
Halverson said business has been brisk during the work week. Mornings are busy and she does have regular stops in the afternoon but she always has room for more stops.
And there is no minimum number of orders needed to get her to come by at least not now.
Right now, Im just hitting everybody, Halverson said. You never know for the future. I dont want to leave anybody out. Right now, Im just starting out and I dont want to shut anybody off or have them think theyre not big enough for me.
For now, Halverson makes stops in Port Orchard only but already is working on permits to begin selling in Bremerton. And she already sees room for growth in the future and can see herself adding a truck or two and expanding out to Silverdale and Gig harbor.
I dont want to go too far (at the moment) because Im only one person, Halverson said. I want to stay with what I can handle myself. But eventually, well see.