Michelle Pritchard, owner of Muddy Mo Coffee Co. prepares coffee for a customer on Tuesday morning at the coffee shop’s new location at 1311 N. Belt Highway.

The Muddy Mo Coffee Co. is back in business.

The coffee shop closed its location at the East Hills Shopping Center in December to pursue a new spot, which it has found at 1311 N. Belt Highway.

“We were (at East Hills) in a temporary location for two months and decided to move on from the mall after that and look for our own location so we can have more freedom doing what we wanted to do with the shop,” owner Michelle Pritchard said.

Muddy Mo Coffee Co. reopened in its new location on Monday after a search for the perfect spot.

“People were excited,” Pritchard said.

Pritchard, who grew up in St. Joseph, always has had a passion for coffee. She ran a coffee shop bookstore named Pritchard’s Book Cafe in Iowa along with her husband, Steven, for many years.

“Then we moved back down here two years ago and decided to reopen our coffee shop and rename it the Muddy Mo Co. Company in honor of the Missouri River,” she said.The Pritchards’ coffee, a light roast Brazil Santos, is roasted in Iowa. Four specialty coffees pay homage to St. Joseph and Missouri: the Muddy Mo, the Black and Gold, the Mud Flat and the Cherry Smash.

“The Muddy Mo, of course, is in honor of the Missouri River,” Pritchard said. The Black and Gold is in honor of Missouri Western. The mud flat is actually a sandbar that you see in rivers as you’re floating down the river, and then the Cherry Smash is in honor of the Cherry Mash candy.”

The menu also includes sandwiches and wraps for lunch as well as baked goods. Pritchard hopes to expand the menu soon.

“We also want to hopefully get our coffees into some of the area grocery stores,” Pritchard said.

In addition, Pritchard sells Muddy Mo Coffee Co. coffee and handmade greeting cards, which can be bought at the shop and at the Southside Farmers Market every Saturday.

Muddy Mo Coffee Co. will host a grand opening at the beginning of June. The coffee shop currently opens at 7 a.m. and closes in the afternoon, but it will offer set, extended hours after the grand opening.

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