Rose & Lois mobile coffee shop to open storefront on 146th Street

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By Desiree Williams

Editor’s note: The café’s grand-opening celebration has been postponed to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18. 

Carmel will soon be home to a new family owned coffee shop. Rachel Priddy is expanding her mobile coffee truck, Rose & Lois, into a brick-and-mortar building at 7249 E.146th Street.

Priddy (Photo by Heather Sherrill Photography)

The café’s grand-opening celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 with live music all day and free samples.

Since leaving a corporate career in technical sales and food science, Priddy, a Fishers resident, aspired to open a coffee shop that could become a home away from home for remote employees, working moms and freelancers, something she said was difficult to find in the area.

“I wanted something that was a place for families and a place for life to happen,” she said.

Priddy and her husband first operated an espresso cart at the Noblesville Farmers Market and Hamilton Town Center. The demand soon grew, compelling them to purchase and renovate a second food truck.

When Priddy found the ideal building to expand the business, it was full-speed ahead on the café.

“I fell in love with a space that’s only a mile from our house, and that really influenced a lot of my designs because it’s a beautiful new building,” she said.

The café, also named Rose & Lois after her two daughters, features a meeting space with a glass garage door for privacy, a children’s play area, a drive-through and a back patio. The menu features soups, salads, charcuterie and bakery items, including allergy-sensitive and gluten-free options.

“To me, I really wanted something you could get quickly and it could be kid-friendly and it could be satisfying and somewhat clean eating if you wanted to be,” Priddy said.

Priddy will continue operating the food trucks at farmers markets, private parties and weddings. For more, visit roseandlois.com.


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