History of Kimball Coffee

Kimball Coffeehouse all began in 1989, owned and operated by locals Ralph and Norma Dunn. They were known for selling framed art, sandwiches and Caffé D’Arte coffee, under the name of Kimball Espresso Gallery. Along with art, they also sold furniture, jewelry and cards. After several years of ownership, Ralph and Norma sold their cafe. With a few different owners in between, we reach 2007 - when Fran & Steve Dreiling purchased the coffee shop as part of their retirement plan.

10 years later, in 2017, Fran and Steve were informed by a public notice street sign that the property owners were planning some redevelopment to the property. They said they would not renew their lease unless they could change their business format into something other than coffee. Soon they discovered the reason they wouldn’t renew the lease was because the owners were allowing a Starbucks drive through to move in. Their only option was to either take the coffee out of Kimball’s, or be forced to relocate. After careful thought and consideration, and the landlord's dismissal of hundreds of loyal customer petitions, Fran and Steve pursued other successful business ventures. 

This is where the Dullum family comes in. Daughters Maddy and Chloe had worked for Fran and Steve for several years, and wanted to keep the Kimball culture alive. Mike and Maddy picked up where Fran & Steve left off, full of big ideas, and moved the shop a few blocks down the street. It’s the same great place with a few new menu items, beer & wine, and even live music and entertainment on the weekends. Kimball Coffeehouse is a second home. A comfortable place to meet with friends, read a book, enjoy a coffee and lunch, study or just relax - just like it always has been. 


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