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Community Highlights: Meet Nyshaun Harvey of Latte Lounge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nyshaun Harvey.

Nyshaun , we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My love for coffee grew in 2012 when I lost my father. I suffered from horrible migraines and caffeine was the only thing that would make my migraines subside. When I noticed what the caffeine was doing, I spent lots of time and money at coffee shops. I wrote down in my journal two and half years ago, that I wanted to open up a coffee shop. I didn’t know when or how it would happen, but I knew I had a strong desire for it.

Shortly after moving my daycare facility from Jennings to Florissant, I found out that space two doors down was available. I jumped on the space and started construction right away. My plan was to open in six months, however, that turned into 14 months. In the middle of a pandemic, I was blessed to be able to open Latté Lounge, my very own coffee shop, in November 2020, just two doors down from my daycare facility, Kingdom Kids Learning Center. This journey wasn’t easy by far, but it was worth it!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Starting the road wasn’t smooth, I wanted to quit on several different occasions. I wanted to walk away from everything that was right in front of me. The time for construction, permitting, architectural drawings, etc. Those are the things that were hard, those are the things that I had no control over and made me want to quit.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Latte Lounge?
Latte Lounge is a cozy and safe environment for people to come and enjoy the peace and a great cup of coffee. We specialize in finding the perfect coffee just for you! We are known for our latte flights. We are set apart because we truly care and value our customers. We pray over our space and every cup of coffee that leaves the door. We like to say we aren’t just serving a cup of coffee but we are serving hope. I am most proud of opening a small-town cafe in the middle of a pandemic that is running successfully. We have tons of options for all coffee and non-coffee drinkers. We also offer merch- mugs, hats, shirts, keychains, and books written by the owner called “I Am” and “I Am Kings Edition,” which are filled with affirmations. I also have a faith-based facility that has been in business for four years and is within walking distance from Latte Lounge.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I love horses! I have a horse named Cash and he is amazing! When I need a breather or to get away from work, he is the best therapy.

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