Another local entrepreneur has made her dream into a reality, and the rest of us get to benefit from a new local service offered. Nancy Freeland celebrated the grand opening of Nancy's Caf and Confectionary on February 2nd with a good turnout of hungry customers eager to try her homemade food.
Nancy Freeland, owner of Nancy's Caf and Confectionary, has always loved baking. She started working in the food industry when she was in high school and has since worked in the Union lunch rooms and in a local bakery.
Freeland is the mother to five children and found that the long hours working at the bakery didn't leave her much time to be with her family. When the opportunity arose to take the established SpecialTea Room and make it into a restaurant of her own, she knew it was exactly what she needed.
"Since the hours are limited, I can still get the kids off to school and still be home. In the summer the kids can come up here and help if they want. In the summer, I'll still be able to get to the pool. I didn't want to work from 8 in the morning until 8 at night," said Freeland.
Her five children and her husband help her on the weekends if they are able to. The business, like many in Dysart, is very much a family business. Her children's artwork graces the walls of the newly designed caf because Freeland wants them to feel like they're a part of the business.
The caf walls and chairs received fresh coats of paint in new colors to perk everything up and create a cozy atmosphere. While resembling the SpecialTea Room, Nancy's Caf has a new look and feel.
While Freeland will still serve some of the items previously available at the SpecialTea Room, she has plans to make it her own. "We have an expanded menu with fresh baked bread and a special each day. You won't just have one option. Each day there is a different special. I will probably still serve the quiche, soup, and salad and will offer a sandwich," said Freeland.
The specials served include the likes of pulled pork with cheesy potatoes or grilled chicken breast with a salad. She will also serve baked goods. "I'm hoping I have a variety that anyone can come in and eat. For example, I'm hoping that this will be a place that if I came in with my husband that we both could find something to eat," said Freeland.
Special orders for cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and any other baked goods are welcome. "Before we opened, you couldn't get fresh baked goods here in town. Now you don't have to go to Waterloo to get cookies and cake," said Freeland who hopes to add something different to Main Street.
Nancy's Caf and Confectionary is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11-1. She will open early and stay late by request for special events, such as baby showers or even for groups that want to play cards in the cozy caf. Orders can be placed by calling 1-319-476-CAKE (2253). More information can be found on Facebook by searching "Nancy's Caf".
Be sure to stop by and welcome Nancy to Main Street, support a new local business and maybe even satisfy your sweet tooth.