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First Class Coffee opens in Smokey Point


Christopher Andersson

Ashley Quinn, co-owner of the new First Class Coffee, center left, and Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert, center right, cut the ribbon being held by Alyson Kleinman, left, and Elyssa Brodeur on Feb. 20.

A new coffee option for Smokey Point and Arlington commuters opened earlier this year with First Class Coffee.

The new coffee stand is located near the 172nd Street Buzz Inn in the Arlington Airport area at 5200 172nd St. NE, Arlington.

Co-owner of the new Arlington business Ashley Quinn, said the stand offers 100 percent organic coffee and a variety of dairy options.

The shade-grown organic coffee comes from the local Camano Island Coffee Roasters and is a healthier option, she said.

"Personally, I drink a lot of coffee and it makes a huge difference with acid reflux and stuff like that," she said.

Quinn also said providing an organic coffee will make them a unique option in the Smokey Point area.

"There's only one other espresso stand that has organic coffee in Arlington that I know of and they're far away," she said.

They also have a variety of milk, including almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk and soy milk.

"We just provide a lot of options for people who need other things besides regular dairy," said Quinn.

First Class Coffee also sells some pre-packaged food items like muffins and scones.

They have daily specials that range from "Mocha Mondays" to Wednesday being a triple stamp day to "Thirsty Thursdays" where 20 ounce and over orders are $0.50 off.

The stand is named First Class Coffee not just for the airport theme, but also because they want to provide good service as well, said Quinn.

"When you ride in a first class plane, what do you want? Good service," she said.

Quinn and her co-owners have been in the coffee business for many years.

"I've been in the business for about 15 years and it's a great business. I just love coffee and the people," she said. "We were at the point in our lives where we just want to open one [a coffee stand] up for ourselves," she said.

Quinn likes seeing people day in and day out and getting to serve them every day.

"It's just a fun interaction with people, and they really look forward to getting their coffee before work. So to make someone's day with a smile and give them coffee before work, I really like it," she said.

Although transitioning from employee to owner hasn't always been easy, she said.

"It's busy. The first couple of weeks I was here open to close, Monday through Sunday," she said.

"But it's worth it. Every day has been busier and our regulars have been coming back," she said.

She also finds it easier to get up in the morning.

"When I was working for other people I would dread getting up at 3 in the morning, but now I'm driving here and I'm like 'well, it's ours,'" she said.

Quinn hopes her stand is in it "for the long haul" in Arlington and makes a good presence in the city.

The coffee stand is open from Monday through Friday from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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