The coffeehouse at 310 Southwest Boulevard - which opened as a Coffee Girls venue in 2003 and has operated as Crossroads Coffeehouse for the last four years - may officially
start business as PT's Coffee at the Crossroads as soon as this Friday or early next week, says Fred Polzin, who founded PT's Coffee Roasting Co. in Topeka 20 years ago with photographer Jeff Taylor.
"We're just waiting for all the paperwork to be signed," Polzin says. "Everything's ready to go to close the deal."
The Crossroads location will mark the first PT's Coffeehouse outside of Topeka since Polzin and Taylor closed their retail-and-coffee operation in Overland Park 10 years ago. The staff from Crossroads Coffeehouse will continue to work at PT's. ("We have a trainer on-site to work with the staff," Polzin says.)
Polzin says it will take another month (which may involve two days where the business is closed) to complete some cosmetic renovations to the interior of the building as well as the counter and the seats. PT's Coffee is already being served at the venue.
Polzin says he and Taylor chose the Crossroads Coffeehouse venue because the neighborhood "is a vibrant and growing part of Kansas City with much more growth opportunity for daytime business than in the suburbs."
"We feel the Crossroads has much more potential for branding our product than we had in the suburbs," Polzin says. "We're hoping to open other PT's coffeehouses in major key markets outside of Kansas and Missouri."