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November 20, 2012

Coffee, snacks + waiting room = 'ahhh…'

Sometimes a cup of coffee and a pastry is just what the doctor ordered, particularly while cooling your heels in a waiting room.
Deb Thoe thinks she has just the prescription for that.

On Monday, she opened Coffee Med within Olmsted Medical Center's Northwest Clinic. Right after walking in the Rochester clinic at 5067 55th St. N.W., visitors should spot Thoe's little shop on their way to the appointment desk.

"I want people to feel welcome when they come in and feel good when they leave," Thoe says.

6a00d83451cc8269e20133f2c9cc4d970b-800wiStarting at 7 a.m. every weekday, she brews four or five different types of coffee and offers juices, soda and hot chocolate. For folks who were fasting until their blood test and hungry for a little something more, Thoe is working with Rochester's Gingerbread House to have baked goods. She also plans to have some fresh fruit.

She's serving it all up on a grab-and-go basis. However, Thoe says this new project is about much more than selling coffee and snacks.

"My main goal is to take care of the patients. I'm very excited to work with OMC and help out in my own way," she says. "I'm really excited for the opportunity. I really enjoy working with the public."

Thoe previously ran an orchard business in Iowa until her family re-located to Rochester. She has been looking for something new, and she acted fast when the previous coffee vending pulled out of the clinic.

"We put this deal together in about 30 to 40 days," she says.

Now she just wants to give people a reason to say 'Ahhh …' that doesn't involve a tongue depressor.

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