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Wopila Coffee Shop is a learning and eating place
31 August 2004
by Wanda Agnew

Imagine a classroom showing bottles topped with pour spouts and the sounds of an automatic dispensing ice machine dropping ice cubes periodically. That is what you will find in the lower level of the Jack Barden Technology Center on the UTTC Campus.

      October 17, 2003 the Wopila Coffee Shop opened for business under the management of Shelby Weist. Since that time, the learning experience of the coffee shop has been on-going. The menus have been firmed up and feature noon specials reflecting Native American traditions as well as a variety of sandwiches. The menu continues to include pizza, wings, nachos, ice cream, fresh fruit, dried buffalo, and beverages. Beverages are Wopila's specialty. You can experience the tastiest shakes, cappuccinos, Italian sodas, and Chai teas - just to name a few. Wopila is also known for their great tasting plain and flavored coffees.

Shelby Wiest
Manager Shelby Wiest keeps the Wopila Coffee Shop cookin'

      In addition to Shelby Weist, you will also find Gennafer Iron Road working on most days. The goal is to have the services available from 8 am to 8 pm - Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 6 pm on Friday and 2 pm to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to occasional easy listening music, they offer an opportunity to catch up on the news from the big screen TV or a place to meet friends and play a game of cards, monopoly, or scrabble. Future plans include recreation activities including jam sessions, karoke, and maybe darts. The staff will be rounded out with work-study employees and students from the Nutrition and Foodservice vocation. The vocational students will gain their first 50 hours of practical experience right on the UTTC campus in the Wopila Coffee Shop classroom, a USDA funded Land Grant Endowment project.


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