At the young age of 24, our founder, Katie Vandenberg decided to open a coffee shop. Despite some objection, Katie purchased a vacant house on Jefferson Street in Morton. The house sat empty for several years and needed a lot of work. After a near total renovation including a new roof, updated plumbing, and an electrical overhaul, the house was ready. On February 2nd 2005, Katie once more opened the doors of the home originally built by Eli Messenger, and Eli’s Coffee Shop was born.