Kristina and Richard Afornorpe opened Monday, after taking over from Hayley Clark last month.
“We were looking for another business,” said Kristina Afornorpe, who with her husband runs RK Bouncing House, which rents out play structures for parties.
The Afornorpes overhauled the decor of the coffee shop and added hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs and soft-serve ice cream to the existing offering of paninis, sandwiches, soups and pastries. They are having Columbia River Coffee Roasters create a special downtown blend for the shop, and Richard Afornorpe, who is from Ghana in West Africa, said they plan to periodically offer a “taste of Africa,” offering special ethnic dishes, such as ground peanut soup, on the menu.
“It hasn’t even been a week, and we have thousands of likes” on Facebook, Afornorpe said, adding the shop mostly has the same clientele from before.
Together 14 years, the Afornorpes met somewhat serendipitously. Kristina Afornorpe, from Astoria, was browsing an online dating site. Richard Afornorpe, in a suburb of Accra, the capital of Ghana, had ducked into an Internet cafe to escape a flash flood, before logging on and eventually meeting his future wife.
The two have been foster parents together and adopted six children, ages 6 to 21. They bought a bounce house for their youngest. They now rent out bounce houses throughout the Lower Columbia region, and used the profits to buy the coffee shop. With all her kids in school or grown, and after two years of being a stay-at-home mother, Kristina Afornorpe said it was time to get out of the house.
“I had always wanted to own a coffee shop,” she said. “It was a high school dream.”
Article By Edward Stratton At The Daily Astorian