Palisade residents and longtime friends Jaime Cox and Christina Terrell both felt, traditionally, their town never really had a true coffee shop.
While there are now a couple of shops in the coffee game, Cox and Terrell's new venture includes a slight twist and offers up more than just a place to grab a mocha or latte.
Pressed, which opened in Palisade Feb. 1 at 392 W. Third St., specializes in CBD-infused drinks with oils from hemp grown at Cox's nearby farm.
The CBD is not brewed into the coffee and is available for an upcharge in items such as honey, oat milk and in the oil extract.
"CBD helps the body process (drinks) and also, maybe you can have more than one cup without being jittery," Cox said.
The shop also offers alcoholic beverages and features wine from Palisade wineries. It sells CBD extracts and even CBD-infused jam.
"This is kind of a one-stop shop," Cox said.
Cox said the hemp and CBD extract goes through multiple rounds of testing to ensure the product has less than 0.3 percent THC. Cox holds a license for extracting and processing from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
"From seed to seal, it's all been 100 percent approved," she said.
Both Cox and Terrell serve as owners, but are also keeping their day jobs. Cox, still running her hemp farm, supplies the CBD extract to the business. She also sells to others.
Terrell, who has a background working in coffee shops, works in massage therapy and wellness coaching.
"It's something we both felt was missing, so we might as well combine it," Terrell said of the business.
Both are parents of younger kids, so they wanted to make the business family friendly. They host an activity hour each Thursday for young kids and have a Mother's Day event coming up in May. They will soon have a calendar of events at pressedinpalisade.com.
There is a fenced-in outdoor space with field turf that can serve as a play area for children or a picnic area for families. Food is sold on the premises, but people can bring in their own items after 5 p.m.
The business has a staff of about 10 people and is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The space is available for rent between 5 and 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday. So far, they have received strong interest for events.
"We have had so much support," Terrell said. "There are so many along the way who have helped us anyway they can."
Cox, who also has experience with architecture, helped re-design the building her business now occupies.
The building dates back nearly a century and was previously an auto body shop and fueling station. It was damaged by at least two fires, including one in 2014, she said.
Cox said the renovation was nearly as expensive as building a new structure, but feels the investment was worth it.
"To preserve a historic building in Palisade was important as well," said Cox, who also serves as treasurer of the Palisade Historical Society.