Cobblestone community welcomes Cobblescones
MEDICINE PARK The cobblestone community's newest coffee and bake shop has already become a popular morning destination for many residents in less than a year since opening.
The cleverly-named Cobblescones opened in the fall of last year after several months of planning and preparation. Owner Janis Holmes said she wanted to make sure everything was perfect before she opened the doors of her small Cobblestone Row cabin to the public.
"There was a lot of work put into it, but I'm excited," she said. "It's been a dream come true for me, even if it took me eight months."
Holmes has always had an affinity for baking. It's a hobby, she said, and one that she has continued to tailor since moving from Albuquerque, N.M. There's a coffee shop on every corner where she came from, but it's hard to find that kind of coffee here, Holmes said.
"The coffee I use is from a New Mexico Company out of Albuquerque," she said. "It comes from their family farm in Colombia. You're not going to get that kind of coffee anywhere else."
Holmes saw a niche that could be filled in Medicine Park and decided to take a chance. It's a chance that's paid off.
"There's a void here in town and I saw that I could fill it," she said. "I've got this coffee and it lets me bake."
Holmes' titular dish, cobblescones, have become very popular in her short time open. The scones, a crumbly pastry that's similar to a biscuit with different flavors, are baked to look like the cobblestones that Medicine Park is known for. Each one is handmade and baked fresh in the morning. Holmes said she offers several flavors daily.
"It's one of my favorite things to make," she said. "I use only organic flours and ingredients. I pay close attention to the ingredients I use."
Many of the pastries offered at Cobblescones are gluten-free for people with allergies, or who would rather avoid gluten. She said she cannot fully guarantee everything is 100 percent gluten-free, due to the proximity of certain ingredients, but she bakes all of her gluten-free products first in the morning before everything else to insure there's no contamination.