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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