Randi Hogarth, the new owner of R&R Coffeehouse & Cafe, a popular coffee and sandwich shop in downtown Comstock Park, is enjoying her new job and getting to know the customers. She also said customers won’t see any major changes.
“People like it the way it is, and that’s the way it’s going to stay,” she said.
One change Hogarth making is a new paint color on a wall where she has art work by a friend as well as her own painting of a steaming cup of coffee displayed. She’s also starting a Game Night twice a month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning January 20.
Hogarth bought the shop in June 2016 and says it was “a good move.” Rachel Sikkema, who with her sister Robin Kelley opened the shop in January 2008, has stayed on part-time. There is one other employee.
Four years ago Hogarth worked at R&R and was there for almost a year. Since then she has had a variety of work experiences including machine operator at Knape & Vogt, a Grand Rapids based company that makes hardware for shelving, office furniture, and other products. Hogarth said she stopped in to R&R for lunch a little over a year ago and told Sikkema she was thinking about opening a café. Coincidentally, the sisters had been thinking about selling R&R due to changing family responsibilities and circumstances, said Sikkema.
“It was to the point it (the café) was sellable instead of just walking away,” said Sikkema. “We’ve built up a good clientele.
“I’m glad I’m going to still work part-time so I can come back and see everyone…I enjoy the people.”
Hogarth grew up in Allendale, graduating from Allendale High School. She attended the Art Institute of Indiana and Grand Rapids Community College where she earned an associate’s degree in microbiology. She and her husband Brian live in Cannonsburg and have two children ages one and four.