Coffee shop meets wine bar in Pebblebrooke Center – Naples

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Coffee shop meets wine bar in Pebblebrooke Center – Naples

by Lindsay Downey, [email protected] 12:06 a.m. EDT May 22, 2014

It’s a place to sip cappuccino, enjoy a biscotti, then pick up brie and a bottle of wine for the evening.Kate

Dagny’s Spirits, which opened in Naples in April, is a combination coffeehouse, wine bar and liquor store. Co-owner Kate Keillor came up with the concept after more than 30 years in the corporate world.

“There isn’t any immediate competition in the area for either a coffeehouse or a liquor store,” she said. “And there’s certainly not the combo.”

Keillor, who is part Norwegian, named the business after the Norwegian word for “new day.” The name, she said, also pays homage to Dagny Taggart, the female protagonist in Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.”

Inside Dagny’s, visitors relax at outdoor tables or in a sunlit lounge area while they flip through copies of Wine Enthusiast or TIME near wine barrel tables stamped with “Chateau Ste. Michelle.” They chat with friends over wine by the glass, log onto free Wi-Fi or visit a bar with Concordia self-serve coffee machines and a variety of teas.

Dagny’s Spirits offers lounge areas where people can sip wine, coffee and enjoy pastries. (Photo: Lindsay Downey/Coastal Life )

Dagny’s offers cookies, florentines, truffles, muffins and more from Mickkelsen’s Pastry Shop in Naples.

“People seem to really like it,” Keillor said of the atmosphere. “The décor I think makes it feel comfortable when they come in and that’s important.”

Greta and Don Corcoran of Naples sipped coffees during their second visit to Dagny’s on a recent morning. They’ve brought friends to the lounge, and enjoy it for its quiet atmosphere and iced coffees that Don said are “addicting.”

“Our friends are really coffee snobs and they said the coffee’s good,” Greta said. “They gave it a thumbs up.”

The back area of Dagny’s is a full liquor store, with a few meats — such as Boar’s Head prosciutto and salami — and cheeses ranging from Castello’s Danish Blue to Il Villagio’s Parmigiano Reggiano for sale.

“We’re competitive with Publix as far as cheese prices,” Keillor said. “I made sure we were in line.”

Keillor is working to get the word out about Dagny’s with special events such as a painting night, wine tastings, live music, book signings and more.

“The concept is a little bit foreign to people so we’re trying to communicate the coffee side of it,” she said.

If you go                           

• What: Dagny’s Spirits

• Where: Pebblebrooke Center, 15205 Collier Blvd., Naples

• Info: 384-9241

Fresh Start: Dagny’s Spirits serves up a little of everything

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Fresh Start: Dagny’s Spirits serves up a little of everything
  • By Laura Mize – Daily News Correspondent
  • Naples Daily News

Posted May 15, 2014 at 5:30 a.m

NORTH NAPLES —After working as a director of operations and a sales manager for 7-Eleven for 33 years, Kate Keillor wanted a fresh start.Kate

What she didn’t want was to leave Naples.

She explored her career options, including some opportunities with other convenience store companies, and ultimately decided to found Dagny’s Spirits, a liquor store with a coffeehouse twist.

The name of her new business venture is tied to where Keillor, 53, sees herself in life right now.

“I was looking for something that meant fresh start or something like that, and it turns out that Dagny’s means ‘new day,’” she said. “It’s also Norwegian and I’m half Norwegian.”

On Saturday, Dagny’s Spirits celebrated its grand opening in Pebblebrooke Center on Collier Boulevard, just south of Immokalee Road. The event included wine and craft beer tastings, pastries and samples of mocha and cappuccino beverages.

“We really had a great turnout,” Keillor said. “I was very pleased.”

The store sells a selection of liquor, wine, beer and hard cider, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. An island in the center of the space features a self-serve machine that lets customers create their own cappuccinos, lattes and mochas in a simple four-step, push-button process. Iced coffee beverages, hot coffee and hot tea are also available. At the register counter, customers can select from eight wines for purchase by the glass.

Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop supplies truffles and baked goods for Dagny’s Spirits, which also sells bags of coffee beans, as well as cheeses, meats and crackers. Cozy upholstered seating and free Wi-Fi beckon customers to stay awhile.

Keillor, who co-owns the store with a business partner, said she doesn’t know of any other place like it.

“It was really about trying to create a different type of environment from your standard liquor store, so that it would be a place that you felt like you could relax, you could get a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and then stroll around,” she said.

Keillor noted that the area previously had neither a coffee shop nor a liquor store in the immediate vicinity. A business in the same plaza called Coffee Cup is not a coffee shop, but serves breakfast and lunch. Dagny’s Spirits officially opened in late April and Keillor said patrons have responded warmly to the unusual combination.

“A lot of people come in for (the liquor store) and then they see the coffee concept as well, and they’ll come back the next morning for their coffee,” she said.

At Dagny’s, a medium specialty espresso beverage costs $2.49 and a large costs $2.99. Current wine offerings range from $3.99 to $7.99 per glass. Pastries start at 99 cents. A small cheese and meat package sells for less than $6.

In addition to the beverages, food and free Wi-Fi, Keillor also will offer a variety of events at Dagny’s, such as art classes, jewelry-making events, book signings and, occasionally, “light entertainment.”

She estimated more than 200 customers visited her store Saturday, and said she already has plans for a second location in Naples. The area, she believes, is a perfect fit for her budding business.

Though she doesn’t yet have an exact spot for the second Dagny’s Spirits or a goal date to open a new store, Keillor is looking to open another store “perhaps closer to 41 or downtown,” she said. “I think (it) would do very well there.”