By Van Mitchell
Chad and Christy Wimer knew that Harrah needed a place where people could drink coffee while doing business, or just hanging out with their friends.
The result was the opening of The Simple Brew, located at 251 South Harrah Road, Suite 109.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
“We really wanted to open a coffee shop,” said Christy Wimer. “The closest place at the time was Midwest City. There was also nowhere where business and sales people, and stay-at-home teachers, to meet up that had free Wi-Fi, where they could sit for hours and not be bothered. We saw a market for it that nobody else was getting into. We just took the risk.”
The couple opened the business last January, before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was rocky at first, because we were only open for about a month before we had to close our lobby to COVID,” she said. “We ended up reopening in May. We have seen a lot more growth as far as people coming in the shop.”
The Simple Brew is a veteran-owned company, with Mrs. Wimer having served nine years in the United States Air Force. They now have seven employees.
“We made the decision to invest our time and money into the two things we love; our children and caffeine,” she said. “We chose Harrah to call home to share memories with our children and coffee with our neighbors. We source locally roasted beans so you can get a fresh, crisp tasting coffee every time. Along with coffee, we offer freshly baked muffins and pastries, espresso drinks, and fruit smoothies. We can do pretty much anything that Starbucks can do.”
Wimer said they are planning to expand their business.
“We are expanding into the unit next to us, and we are going to start roasting our own coffee, and we will have a more upscale bar,” she said. “We are going to source local craft beer, and Oklahoma wines.”
Wimer said they have worked to give back to the people that have supported them, which include their local chambers of commerce and the Jeep community.
“We are trying to give back to the community and that has helped us out well,” she said. “We do a Jeeps and Java event once a month. We go to wheeling events, off-road events to support their communities. The Jeep community has been super supportive of us.”
For more information call (405) 347-9107.