(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Chewelah’s MK Mobile Coffee brings the coffee stand to you…
Who knew you could get a latte at the Chewelah Cougar football game? Mary Walker graduate Kelsey Fixel is making it happen with her new business, MK Mobile Coffee which brings the espresso stand to you instead of the other way around.
Fixel got into the coffee industry working at The Coffee Shop in Loon Lake where she learned everything about being a barista from her best friend Erica.
“I enjoyed going to work and interacting with all of our customers and knew that I wanted to do this as often as I could. I started following a couple mobile coffee trailers on social media and this inspired me to build my own,” Fixel said.
A mother of two, having a flexible schedule is very important to her and she even named the business MK after her daughters Mikenna and Kennedy. She was raised in Valley and is the daughter of Steve and Renae Fitzgerald. Her siblings are Chase who also attended Mary Walker, Kylea and Alyssa who both attend Jenkins High School.
To get the coffee trailer to become a reality, it took a lot of trial and error, according to Fixel. There were countless trips to Home Depot and a whole lot of elbow grease from her and her husband Mike. The couple did have to tear out all the electrical and plumbing and redo it. They are also working on a vintage trailer that is getting gutted and renovated. It’s much bigger so Fixel doesn’t hit her head on the top of it while working.
“There are mountains of paperwork, inspections and permits behind running a business like this,” Fixel said. “We bought this trailer mostly done and it still took over four months to get things inspection ready.”
MK Mobile Coffee is open to any event. Fixel is currently at Chewelah home football games, Siemers Farm in Greenbluff on some weekends and some staff appreciation events.
“I’m hoping to get a couple more weddings on the schedule and look forward to what the future holds,” Fixel said.
People in the community have been uplifting and supportive for the Chewelah-area business, Fixel added.
“Everyone thinks the trailer is so cool and are loving the seasonal drinks,” she said. “It has been a blast! I am extremely grateful that the senior class asked me to be there this year. A portion of proceeds goes to support the 2020 senior all-nighter and I am getting good practice under my belt. I have really enjoyed it. It’s been super busy and we have had a great crowd.”
Football fans at Snyder Field can agree, its worth the wait to get some high-quality coffee during a chilly fall game. Things have been so busy, Fixel is looking into upgrading their espresso machine to accommodate larger crowds and be faster in the future.
If people are interested in having MK Mobile Coffee at their next event they can contact them on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @mkmobilecoffee or by email at email@example.com