Roastery, tea shop joins 2nd Street Market

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Poppets Coffee & Tea, a local roastery and tea shop, is one of 2nd Street Market’s newest vendors.

“Our slogan is roasting beans for all characters,” said Michael Thomas, who owns the business with his wife, Karen. “What that really comes down to is we want to have coffee or tea for everyone.”

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Credit: Submitted Photo

He explained they have 17 loose leaf premium teas, 18 gourmet flavor coffees that are also available in decaf, 21 specialty blends and single origin coffees and 10 varieties of compostable k-cup pods.

The vision for their business started in March 2020 when Karen lost her job of 12 years as a project manager for a print house due to the coronavirus pandemic. At that time, they were planning on opening a beer garden and winery but due to COVID-19 shutdowns they decided to go the coffee and tea route.

“Doing research we found coffee and tea sales went up for home consumption,” Michael said.

He also noted the name of their business has a deep meaning. Michael said when he and Karen first started dating they visited a market in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which is where they bought their first piece of art as a couple. The artist, Clay Davis, specialized in Poppets at the time.

“So when it came to our name, “Poppets Coffee,” it just made sense,” Michael said. “It is something that means a lot to us and something that is fun and enjoyable for all characters.”

In January 2021 they launched their website and began selling at various farmers markets. They said they first joined 2nd Street Market as an outdoor vendor in May 2022 and transitioned into the pavilion area during the winter until a permanent spot opened. Last weekend was their first weekend as a full time vendor.

“We wanted our business to be a fun and approachable avenue to coffee and tea,” Karen said. “It seems like in this industry there could be a lot of pretentiousness that comes along with it. We wanted to get rid of that and make it a fun, comfortable place you can get your coffees and teas, ask questions and learn.”

“The customers that come to 2nd Street Market appreciate quality,” Michael added. “They’re there to support local. It really makes it super convenient for people to find us.”

Along with the news of their permanent space at 2nd Street Market, they told they also have a new roasting and production facility at 1900 E. Second St. in Dayton.

“Our intention with the market and the new, larger roastery is to really launch Poppets,” Karen said. “We would like to work on getting into local grocery stores and restaurants this year.”

The couple’s long-range goals include expanding their coffee and tea selections and eventually hosting educational events. They hope to become a Dayton staple as they grow and expand their business.

Poppets Coffee & Tea provides local deliveries Monday through Thursday. For more information about Poppets Coffee & Tea, visit or the vendor’s Facebook or Instagram pages.

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