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Coffee, Conversation and Community at Happiness Within
After taking over the Balance Rock Eatery and making sure it remained one of the most beloved and requested establishments in the local area, Cindi Edwards-Curry turned her attention across the street and brought just a little more Happiness to Helper.
"I loved this place from the minute I stepped inside the doors," said Edwards-Curry standing inside of her new coffee shop on Helper's historic Main Street. "The previous owner had just finished the interior walls but I could see the finished space and I had to have it. I knew this was a coffee shop."
Edwards-Curry's introduction to what is now Happiness Within at 153 Main, actually occurred because the construction artisans who were finishing the building ate lunch at the Balance Rock every day.
"They brought me over here and within 15 minutes I knew exactly where I wanted the furniture to be," explained the owner. "In all actuality, it took me about six months to get my design materials together. It was six months and a lot of tears."
Edwards-Curry was clear about the fact that acquiring the building was no easy task as several obstacles lined up against her. Unphased she tackled them one by one.
"The previous owner needed to get out from under the building by Dec. 31 for tax purposes," she explained. "As the year started to run out, I was sure there was no way I was going make it. I kept at it like a mad woman and closed on Dec. 30, nothing like operating under a loaded gun."
The purchase opened up quite a bit space for the local entrepreneur as she has parlayed the property into not only a coffee house but a possible consignment store, laundry mat and second floor apartments.
For those who haven't been, Happiness Within sports brand new exterior paint over a historic Helper store front. The building's interior is truly something to behold as custom wood floors give way to distressed and exposed beams against original brick walls. Local artist Thomas Elmo-Williams, displays his work at the shop where comfortable furniture and an inviting chess board round out the space.
In a coffee shop, a comfortable atmosphere is only half the battle. Great coffee is a must, said Edwards-Curry.
"Coffee makes me happy and I am very picky about he coffee I drink, so I knew I was going to have to find a company that could help me with a fresh, quality product, she said."
Edwards-Curry settled on Rimini out of Salt Lake City. The Italian company roasts beans for the shop on demand so that they can be picked up fresh, ensuring top level quality.
"You know, I have gotten a lot of guff over the name but as I said, the shop and coffee make me happy, plus I like the name and it's my shop," she laughed.
As Edwards-Curry was discussing her new venture, a patron joined the conversation asking about the Rimini Beans. It turns out the gentleman was from Salt Lake and just the type of patron every Castle Country economic development officials is trying to lure into the area.
"You know I always pass right through on my way to Moab," he said. "I had no idea this was here. This is a hip little community. Good coffee, good art, I think I will stop by every time I come by from now on."
As if the moment was stolen from a tourism commercial, Edwards-Curry laughed and said, "you are exactly the customer we are trying to bring in off the highway."
Many Helper business owners have lamented about the amount of tourism traffic which was lost with construction of the city's overpass. As the giant block of cement isn't going anywhere, Helper business owners are learning to make the best of the hand they have been delt.
"I knew when I started this business it was going to be a "non-profit" kind of deal for at least awhile. Right now I can pay my bills, all I want is to break even because these businesses bring me a lot of joy. My community does the same," said Edwards-Curry.
In addition to the top notch coffee and a relaxing atmosphere, Happiness Within sports homemade muffins, cupcakes and all other manners of pastry. The shop also sells several health drinks and local coffee favorites.
"So far our customers seem to love the place. When I come in here and see people laughing and enjoying our products I can't imagine doing anything else," said Edwards-Curry. "Come in and visit, I bet we could put a smile on your face too."
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