Iron Wing: The New Coffee Shop on the Block
A hip take on a historical interior, great coffee, and a decades old Oyster Stew recipe are all parts of the puzzle coming together at Iron Wing Coffee House. The old Luna Rana Cafe is almost unrecognizable inside since Acacia Baker and Caleb Cowles put their own spin on the 135 year old building and flesh out their vision for a warm and welcoming environment.
Acacia Baker is the owner and visionary for Iron Wing, teaming up with her partner, Caleb Cowles, as well as close friends and family for the core engine of the shop. “We are partnering with Batdorf and Bronson for quality coffee and will be serving locally sourced fresh, whole ingredients, and a couple of lunch options. It will be an inviting and unique space! We named it Iron Wing because growing up my mother always said my guardian angels had cast iron wings. I was a little rough and tumble and always injuring myself,” chuckles Acacia. “It’s a name I’ve brought into every side hustle I’ve had. It’s me, it fits, it’s my brand.”
Acacia’s vision is to have a space she and her staff can enjoy working in. “When I picture what I’m working toward, it’s a space full of good smells, seeing people enjoy the atmosphere and having customers return and a community form. We want people to leave feeling better than when they first came in,” says Acacia.
While Iron Wing has some big ideas in it’s 1, 3, and even 7 year plans, Acacia says for now they are focusing on coffee and food and doing a few things really well before they expand. Quality is the biggest concern as well as making sure customers are happy with the product.
Acacia’s leap into running a small business hasn’t been slow. With 26 years in the medical field, the coffee industry is quite the switch. “I’ve been a medical assistant and x-ray tech for years. I assisted Dr. Tim Lipski for around 3 years at Providence Hospital and that’s how I met his wife, Lynn, and became familiar with her business.”
Lynn Lipski is the owner of Olympic Yarn & Fiber as well as the owner of the building where Iron Wing is located. Acacia saw the opportunity with Lynn’s vision for her business and a partnership was born. “About 3 years ago, I began toying with the idea of owning my own business. Both of my daughters are in the coffee industry and it seemed like something we could potentially enjoy as a family. My job in the medical field was rewarding, but I was ready for something different. The opportunity to collaborate with Lynn Lipski and her ideas for the shop space presented itself and I decided to go for it,” explains Acacia. “I’m ready for a different energy that’s more creative and uplifting than what I experienced in my past career.”
Acacia says the largest struggles in opening up a business has been finding commercial equipment that fits her needs and learning to trust people at their word. “Trusting people at their word isn’t something that comes easy to me. I’m learning to be encouraged by the people who are in my path and a part of my vision and to trust them and also realize people are going to drop the ball sometimes and that it’s still going to be ok. I’m also learning to trust in my own vision for the shop and to filter through all the ideas people have. I love ideas and constructive input, but ultimately, I need to trust myself and my plans as we go forward,” says Acacia.
After months and months of construction, Acacia, Caleb, and the rest of the crew are looking forward to the smell of espresso beans and hot meals and no longer dealing with the dust of demolition. “I can’t wait for the smell of coffee and the sound of our playlists going! I am looking forward to people coming back for a second visit and bringing friends or family with them. This is going to be the fun part, because the last few months have not been fun,” laughs Acacia. “We hope to bring to the community a great public space as well as a hearty lunch!”
Acacia says her dream has been hugely supported by Caleb, the Lipski’s, her daughter Kara and plenty of friends and family who are excited to see it all take shape. Once they get a little traction, she is excited to participate in community programs and revitalization. Her family has always been a part of community and she doesn’t anticipate that changing with business ownership.
Iron Wing is slated to open May 13th. Visitors to the neighboring boutique, Juniper Tree, have been overhearing the sounds of hammers, saws, and the promise of hot coffee for months and the excitement is mounting! If you’d like to stay up to date on openings, events, and goings on, follow Iron wing on Facebook and Instagram by clicking on the following links:
Address: 1101 1st St, Cosmopolis WA, 98537