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We're Open: Luke's Coffee adapting to life during the pandemic

Posted at 10:24 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 22:24:38-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Working from home doesn't mean you don't need your coffee breaks.

Luke's Coffee has been busy filling online orders for the better part of two months now. However, that wasn't the way Luke Gifford expected his new business to begin. Gifford opened Luke's Coffee in February which fulfilled a dream that he brewed a while back.

"Coffee has been a love of mine since I was a kid," Gifford explained. "It was something I had in common with my father. WE got up early a lot of mornings, he read his bible and we had a cup of coffee."

The coffee shop on Southland Drive offers espresso drinks, black coffees, pour overs and more.

"We're a specialty coffee shop so we really like to highlight the coffee and where it comes from and the flavor profiles that it has," Gifford said.

When Gifford had to close Luke's Coffee to in-person customers in March, it was unsettling.

"At first we were scared," Gifford said. "But we looked at it as a learning and growing opportunity."

The young business adapted as quickly as it could, shifting to online orders and curbside service. As restrictions loosen on in-person service and dining at restaurants, Gifford says Luke's Coffee is taking a lot into consideration before a full re-open.

"We're definitely going to implement a lot of different safety precautions when we open up," Gifford said. "We're going to continue to wear the masks and gloves and we might even be putting plexiglass up and things like that."