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New bakery, cafe honor inspirational grandmothers

Cafe and bakery owner focuses on fresh, made-from-scratch meals.
Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on June 30, 2017 4:39PM

Eve’s Sweets bakery staff Michele McManama, left, and Arlene Mortimore and owner Kim Heathcote show a tray of goodies available at the Canyon City business. The bakery, at the corner of Washington and Park streets, is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.

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Eve’s Sweets bakery staff Michele McManama, left, and Arlene Mortimore and owner Kim Heathcote show a tray of goodies available at the Canyon City business. The bakery, at the corner of Washington and Park streets, is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.

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Kim Heathcote, owner of Mabel’s Cafe and Eve’s Sweets in Canyon City, is in the kitchen June 22 grating lemon zest for blueberry-lemon muffins.

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Kim Heathcote, owner of Mabel’s Cafe and Eve’s Sweets in Canyon City, is in the kitchen June 22 grating lemon zest for blueberry-lemon muffins.

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Saturday was opening day for Eve’s Sweets bakery in Canyon City. From left, customer Karen Johnston places an order of cinnamon rolls as staff members Michele McManama, owner Kim Heathcote and Arlene Mortimore work at the counter.

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Saturday was opening day for Eve’s Sweets bakery in Canyon City. From left, customer Karen Johnston places an order of cinnamon rolls as staff members Michele McManama, owner Kim Heathcote and Arlene Mortimore work at the counter.

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The staff and owner of Mabel’s Cafe and Eve’s Sweets are ready to serve their customers at the new Canyon City business. From left: Jaylyn Bishop, Gloria Stratford, owner Kim Heathcote and Jozie Rude.

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The staff and owner of Mabel’s Cafe and Eve’s Sweets are ready to serve their customers at the new Canyon City business. From left: Jaylyn Bishop, Gloria Stratford, owner Kim Heathcote and Jozie Rude.

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The staff at Eve’s Sweets bakery in Canyon City opened its doors on Saturday.

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The staff at Eve’s Sweets bakery in Canyon City opened its doors on Saturday.

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Eve’s Sweets bakery in Canyon City at the corner of Washington and Park streets opened on Saturday.

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Eve’s Sweets bakery in Canyon City at the corner of Washington and Park streets opened on Saturday.

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Mabel’s Cafe and Eve’s Sweets, located in Canyon City, are two of the newest eateries in Grant County. The bakery portion of the restaurant, located at the back on Washington Street opened June 3 and the cafe opened June 15.

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Mabel’s Cafe and Eve’s Sweets, located in Canyon City, are two of the newest eateries in Grant County. The bakery portion of the restaurant, located at the back on Washington Street opened June 3 and the cafe opened June 15.

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Before the crack of dawn, Kim Heathcote is busy whipping up baked goods and components for homemade meals at her new businesses Mabel’s Cafe and Eve’s Sweets in Canyon City.

Customer response has been positive.

“It’s overwhelming, the warm feeling the community has given,” she said. “Most people are excited to see something open in Canyon City.”

The two businesses opened in June, serving breakfast and lunch, and both are located in the same building with separate entrances.

Eve’s, the bakery side at the corner of Washington and Park streets, is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.

Mabel’s Cafe, at 295 S. Canyon City Blvd., is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Heathcote is following in her grandmothers’ footsteps.

Evelyn Foss, her maternal grandmother, was a professional caterer and chef, and Mabel Graff, her paternal grandmother, was an inspiration as well.

“She had an absolute heart of gold and was one of the most inspiring people,” Heathcote said of Graff.

She said the bakery and restaurant honor the memory of both women.

Heathcote was a manager in food service for 10 years.

She made her start throwing her own parties. Then people would ask her to cater their events.

Heathcote is from Wisconsin and moved to the area in October to be near family, her sister and parents, who have been here for 15 years.

She said she told herself in the past, if she ever made the move, she would like to open her own business.

Five employees work for Heathcote, including her sister Michele McManama, who is there part time.

Heathcote said she enjoys helping her staff learn, grow and express themselves.

Gloria Stratford, who’s been in the restaurant industry for many years, said she’s “never had a better boss.”

All employees work in both businesses as needed.

At Eve’s, cinnamon rolls, muffins, cookies and other goodies are on display in a room with a crisp black and white diamond pattern on the walls.

“Some people return every day for a coffee and pastry,” Heathcote said.

She also takes special orders for cakes, cupcakes and pies.

On the Mabel’s side, customers will find everything from hamburgers, soups and salads to egg rolls, chimichangas and chicken wraps on the menu.

“I feel like, with food, you can be artistic,” Heathcote said. “We use all real food, and we make every sauce and dressing. ... If it’s roast beef, we roast a beef.”

Homemade sauces include Greek tzatziki, cilantro-jalapeño pesto and traditional pesto.

The salsa is homemade and even the breaded mozzarella cheese sticks are made from scratch.

“We don’t take anything off the back of a Sysco truck,” Heathcote said.

One of the menu favorites is the fiesta bowl with shredded chicken or beef over cilantro-lime rice, topped with black bean-corn salsa.

“We touch on some different things that are unique,” she said. “We don’t list everything that’s possible.”

She said the business is happy to customize meals to people’s liking.

“Our whole theory is just to make people happy,” she said.

For more information about Mabel’s, call 541-575-3553, and for Eve’s, call 541-575-0301.













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