Coffee + Kitchen No. 9 named DC’s 2020 Business of the Year

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The pandemic has meant uncertainty and instability, challenging times for many.

In all that chaos, good food and great people can still be found at Coffee and Kitchen No. 9, a homegrown eatery located in downtown Dawson Creek.

It was recently named Business of the Year honours at the City of Dawson Creek's community awards.

Owner Cindy Eggleston says she couldn’t have done without her staff, her daughter Jillian, and her husband and business partner Grant.

“They’re all like daughters to me, we’re all looking out for each other,” Eggleston said of her staff. “I couldn’t run this place without them. We’ve put everything we’ve got into it.”

The café opened its doors last October, and continues to locally source as much as they can. Eggleston comes from a farming family, and has lived in the Peace Region her whole life.

“It’s got to be fresh, farm to table, that’s the way to do it,” said Eggleston. “I’ve even brought in vegetables from my own garden.”

Despite COVID-19, the café continues to keep the doors open and customers happy, only closing briefly at the start of the pandemic.

“I did as much as I could with deliveries, and staying open a couple days a week, it was a lot of hard work,” said Eggleston.

The café has something for everyone, with everything made from scratch. Sandwiches, soups and salads, fresh-baked goods and specialty hot and cold coffee.

Eggleston says she’s humbled by the award, and appreciates the continuous community support from residents.

“I’m very happy. We won three awards from the Mirror and now the city, it’s almost overwhelming,” Eggleston said. “We have a lot of regulars here, it’s nice.”

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News