Jeff and Jalene

PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. to open Crossroads coffee shop

February 18

BY JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

A Southwest Boulevard coffee shop will have new owners — again.

The Coffee Girls first opened at 310 Southwest Blvd. in 2003. It closed in 2009 and relocated to Waldo.

Douglas and Jalene Berger took over the shop in early 2010 and called it Crossroads Coffeehouse. But Douglas Berger, who works in the concrete industry, is being transferred to West Virginia. So the Bergers are selling their shop to the Topeka-based PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. in a deal that is expected to close Friday.

“I’m really happy we had a opportunity to be in the Crossroads at a time when we really got to see it grow,” Berger said.

PT’s owners, Fred Polzin and Jeff Taylor, had opened a local coffee shop before, back in 2000 in Overland Park. But they sold it after four years. It was just too far away from Topeka to manage it properly, they said.

Now Taylor is relocating to Kansas City to oversee the Southwest Boulevard shop. It will be called PT’s Coffee at the Crossroads.

PT’s plans to keep all 10 Crossroads Coffeehouse employees. But it is bringing in Second Life Studios to make some interior design changes and also will tweak the menu, including serving its own brand of coffees.

PT’s Coffee Roasting was founded in early 1993. Polzin, a manager of a national sandwich shop chain, and Taylor, a newspaper photographer, wanted a “better than average” cup of coffee. They couldn’t find a Topeka coffee shop to meet their standards so they opened one of their own.

The award-winning coffee roasting company now sells its premium, specialty coffee in its Topeka coffee shop, PT’s at College Hill, as well as at specialty shops and cafes in 35 different states, and to its internet clients.

“The Crossroads is a real fast growing area of Kansas City and we thought the space held great potential,” Taylor said. “And I wanted to live in Kansas City for the last 20 years and this was my opportunity.”