While you can't completely hide from the colder temperatures that have finally graced southwest Missouri, you can escape for an hour or two at Ozark's newest coffee shop and makerspace. The Workshop at Finley Farms is now open with a full coffee bar and garden-inspired breakfast and lunch menu.
The Workshop is located on the Finley Farms property, which is the same site as the much anticipated Ozark Mill Project. Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, owns The Workshop, but his daughter Megan Stack spearheaded this aspect of the project.
"The Workshop fills a current need for a local coffee shop," Stack says. "We hope that Finley Farms provides a place for community to be built and a connection to the historic downtown for some folks who might not frequent the great local businesses that we love here."
Currently, the coffee shop serves four seasonal lattes that feature local ingredients and fall flavors. For example, The Butternut Pumpkin Latte includes Ozark Mountain Creamery whole milk and butternut pumpkin syrup. Guests can also enjoy traditional espresso drinks and signature lattes that will be on the menu year-round made with beans from Airship Coffee and Pink House Alchemy syrups sourced from the heart of the Ozarks.
"Pink House Alchemy and Airship Coffee both celebrate the relationships that they have with their farmers that they source their ingredients from," says Sarah Stracke, manager at The Workshop. "They highlight seasonality, which often creates limitations that lead to a small amount of menu offerings that are all quality and fresh. These are the reasons why we use these vendors, rather than others. They are consistent with our ethos at Finley Farms."
On the food side of things, the menu stars five toasts with locally sourced ingredients like Persimmon Hill jam, Artisan's Oven Bread and Edgewood Creamery fromage blanc. Each toast comes with generous bread and topping portions.
“Choosing local ingredients is important to us because of the great impact that it has on the environment and local economy," Stack says. "Using products made here in the Ozarks helps us build and celebrate our unique food culture.”
As part of its initiative to bring the community together, The Workshop hosts open craft nights on Thursdays from 3 to 9pm. During this time, The Workshop serves wine, beer and five different signature cocktails made with fresh herbs like basil, sage and rosemary. Guests can enjoy their drinks while talking with a small book club, working on a craft or playing a board game brought from home.
The Workshop is also offering culinary classes. Sign up and learn how to create the perfect pie crust or impress guests with squash ravioli.
The Workshop at Finley Farms' grand opening celebration from Nov. 7-9 will feature live music, skill demonstrations, kids’ activities and a bonfire.
The Workshop at Finley Farms, 604 N. 9th Street, Ozark, Missouri, finleyfarmsmo.comozarkmill.com