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Drive-thru java and joe coming to Cortez

An artist’s rendering of Ziggi's Coffee, the drive-thru shop slated to make its debut in Cortez. (Courtesy City of Cortez)
Local family bringing Colorado coffee franchise to Cortez; shop slated for open early June

Come June, Cortez residents will be able to secure their caffeine fix at a new drive-thru coffee shop taking root on Main Street.

Located at 1204 E. Main St., Longmont-based chain Ziggi’s Coffee will soon serve coffee, tea, smoothies, Italian sodas and cafe-style fare.

The 815-square-foot shop will feature a drive-thru, walk-up window, 11 parking spaces and a small outdoor seating area.

Cortez business Image Builders LLC is heading the local franchise, with local family members Leah and Kirby Boyd and Kyan and Shalun Maloney overseeing the venture.

Ziggi’s will serve java and joe nearly every day of the year – even Thanksgiving (but not Christmas.)

Preliminary hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The business will hire 16 to 20 employees, Leah Boyd said.

“We’re hoping to have a fun, energetic environment for our employees,” she said.

Construction on the new wood-framed building broke ground Feb. 14, and will live at the 21,073-square-foot lot that previously hosted the Sunshine Motors car dealership.

The family acquired the franchise in May and proposed the idea to the city in September. The city approved the project in October.

Ziggi’s Coffee first opened in Longmont in 2004, and now has 48 locations in 12 states, with a store as far east as Michigan and stretching to California in the West. There are 100 more locations in development.

Boyd’s daughter attended Colorado State University, and family visits to the Front Range fostered a love for Ziggi’s – that is, the company’s beverages and their principles.

Boyd said the company is “all about family and community,” and she wants to bring those values and the convenience of a drive-thru stop to Cortez.

The shop will brew Denver-based Coda Coffee, and Boyd said the family tried to keep project contractors as local as possible.

The Cortez location will offer all the same menu items as the other stores, including unique flavor combinations like a raspberry truffle latte, vanilla and honey Chai tea and kids drinks like the ‘’Cotton Candy Blender.“ It will also offer gluten-free menu items and assorted milk varieties.

Boyd is excited about seasonal promotions, including free drinks for educators at the start of the school year and for veterans on Veterans Day.

“We're happy to help facilitate the opening of a new business in Cortez,” said Rachael Marchbanks, Cortez community and economic development director. “A new coffee shop will help fill a need and also provide jobs.”

“Ziggi’s opening in Cortez will meet the needs of this community by bringing a delicious and convenient cup of coffee to anyone on-the-go as well as provide stable jobs in this community,” Ashley Miller, communications specialist for Ziggi’s Coffee, said in an email. “Ziggi’s values each community that they are a part of, and because they started out small, they understand the importance of creating meaningful relationships in these communities.”