SARGENT–Ollie’s Coffee Shop & Boutique is open and ready to welcome the public at 311 W. Main Street in Sargent, Nebraska. The building may be familiar to some people as the previous variety store of Sargent.
Owner Beth Ottun AKA ‘Ollie’ said she feels blessed to be in downtown Sargent and run a business that continues to serve the community in a variety of ways.
“We feel so blessed really. The building that we are in, a lot of people refer to it as a lot of things–Freddy’s I’ve heard of it–but we are in the old variety store in Sargent and their business was here for 60 years. The family we purchased the building from, they’re friends of ours and they are so special to us so we’ve incorporated a lot of their family history into what we’re doing. It’s kind of cool because when I think about it, what we’re doing here is really kind of a variety of sorts too,” Ottun said.
Ollie’s Coffee Shop & Boutique offers a full service coffee shop menu such as espresso, coffee blends, teas, and smoothies as well as baked goods from Deb Kennedy of Blessings and Grace Bakery. The boutique portion of the shop offers a selection of home décor, clothing, hats, shoes, purses, scarves, jewelry, gifts, kids items, packaged coffee, and more.
Ottun said she also has a small photography studio in the back of the shop and wants all families and kids to feel welcome. She told KCNI/KBBN in a November interview that she plans to add outdoor seating under the new awning and wants the shop to feel casual where people can come read or use WiFi, play games, and let the kids play in the toy and book area.
As for the name “Ollie’s,” Beth tells the story of the special nickname given to her by her grandpa. From the time she was a young kid, her grandpa called her Olive Oil (from Popeye) because Beth said she was tall and gangly! While she did not particularly like the comparison, the name Ollie stuck as did many special memories.
Ottun said she has always loved people and thought about opening a shop that would serve others. There was no question what the shop would someday be called.
“I thought, if I open up a shop, I told my grandpa it’s not something I even have to think about. It’s going to be called Ollie’s. A few years ago he was struggling with dementia and he just wasn’t sure of a lot of things but it was super sweet because when I talked to him about it, I said, ‘Gramps I think if I do this, if I go for it I’m going to call it Ollie’s.’ and he just smiled and he looked at me and said you need to do this Ollie, you’ll be so great. It was super powerful,” Ottun said.
Her grandpa passed away last year but Beth said she is super proud to incorporate so much of what he taught her into the business.
Ollie’s celebrated its grand opening on December 5 and is open Tuesday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Congratulations to Beth Ottun, family, and staff Jessica Fenske and Austinn Wagner!