Eat Local: Sweet Joy Shoppe Atlantic, Iowa

By TS Bank
Published: Jun 14, 2016 3:55:00 PM
Topics: Community

Sweet Joy Shoppe is a unique coffee shop with a lot going on!

Located on Atlantic’s Main Street at 315 Chestnut St., Sweet Joy Shoppe offers up the perfect place to eat, drink, shop, or host club meetings and gatherings. The restaurant also provides catering for small and large-scale events/meetings!

After owners Daniel and Wendy Schulz relocated to Atlantic, Iowa from Colorado for Dan's job in the wind energy field, they started Sweet Joy Shoppe. Opening a local business provided Wendy with great opportunities, such as meeting people in the area; many who have since become her good friends. The pair have two grown children and three awesome dogs. Daniel and Wendy’s latest endeavor was purchasing the Sweet Joy Farm near Cumberland, Iowa to grow fresh vegetables for their restaurant.

Read below to learn more about the business’ owners Daniel and Wendy, and their role in the Atlantic community.

How many employees do you have?
We have six employees.

What do you like most about the community?
We love the historic downtown in Atlantic! So many great small businesses and such a friendly small town feel!

How are you personally involved in the community?
I (Wendy) am part of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, and our family attends church in the community. Our Yorkshire terrier, Chewbacca, is also involved in the area and visits the Salem Lutheran Nursing home in Elk Horn.

What services do you offer?
Our food includes: a great selection of coffee and tea drinks, homemade soups and salads with fresh local ingredients, paninis, pastries, breakfast burritos, gelato, and a different lunch special each day.

We also showcase local artists, wineries, authors, and bakers with an outstanding quality of goods - we like to celebrate the talents of local artisans! The shop also has a toy store, and sells new and used books.

What do you offer that other businesses similar to you can’t?
At Sweet Joy Shoppe, we support women who have been rescued from human trafficking by selling jewelry made by the women through Freedom Firm organization. 100% of the money goes to them.

Also, we refuse to own a fryer! Just a fun side note!

Every day is special at Sweet Joy!

Anymore plans for the future?
Way too many to write… we are ALWAYS working on a new project, even our menu changes everyday!

Are you open to suggestions?
Maybe... still not getting a fryer!

Where do you want your business to be in five years?
Sweet Joy Shoppe continues to grow and evolve all the time. We hope to sell more organic produce raised on Sweet Joy Farm to truly become a farm-to-table business.

“We believe that shopping local is vital to the welfare of our community! Small towns can die out when the residents are not willing to shop local, or offer great local services. Come visit us! We can’t wait to see you!”

Written by TS Bank