‘Stay fluid and build your dream’

By Michelle Key

After months of hard work, sweat and late night coffee drinking, Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium in downtown Opelika is finally open for business.
Sarah “Mama Mocha” Gill, owner and operator of the specialty coffee bar, started the process of opening the venue earlier this year.
Gill moved her coffee roastery operations to downtown Opelika early this spring and started working on plans for the storefront. Gill’s husband Taylor manages the roastery while Gill works the espresso bar. The roastery offers local home delivery of both whole bean and ground coffee.
When asked about the challenges that arose while trying to get the new venue open, Gill said, “It’s so important as a small business owner and a young Mama to stay fluid when obstacles come up. It keeps me creative as limitations foster creativity, but also takes patience with others and my own processes.”
The new coffee bar will feature breakfast items such as biscuits available with a variety of toppings, bagels with cream cheese and, of course, coffee.
“It’s so good to dream and create this small espresso and breakfast bar knowing my vision is not forced,” Gill said. “We don’t always have to have everything together and picture perfect at once, we’re allowed to dream and then build those dreams. That’s one of my favorite parts of life.”
Mama Mocha’s is located at 715 1st Ave. in downtown Opelika and is open from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily.