Dundee business — First in years, Hillary's Coffee opening soon off Highway 99W

An entrepreneur at heart, Hillary Lemmon jumped at the chance to open a coffee stand in Dundee after purchasing a house in Lafayette.

“We (her husband and herself) went to (college) in Portland and I grew up coming out here for sporting events and to go … shopping,” Lemmon said. “I loved the area, love the winery town … I was just like I’ve got to do something here in this town. I’ve always wanted to open a coffee stand.”by: GARY ALLEN - New business -- Dundee's first drive-thru in recent history will tentatively open Wednesday. Hillary's Coffee (in the Arco parking lot) is owned by Hillary Lemmon and husband Conner.

And thus Hillary’s Coffee was born. Located in the Arco parking lot on Highway 99W on the north end of town, the shop is a drive-thru, the first in recent history for Dundee.

“We have people stop in, at least five or six a day, and ask how we are able to do it,” she said.

Although Rob Daykin, city administrator, said drive-thru’s have never been banned, they are limited to commercial zones, of which most of downtown isn’t.

“It’s just a misperception,” Daykin said. “Since 1995 we’ve allowed drive-up’s in the C zone.”

Lemmon said they’ve been working on sorting out the regulations since September 2013, and finally were able to start construction a couple of months ago.

“We did it all ourselves, most of it ourselves (anyway), so it took a lot longer,” she said. “It wasn’t one of those quick Dutch Bro pop-ups.”

With a tentative Wednesday opening, Hillary’s Coffee will serve Sisters Coffee, out of Sisters, Ore., and a variety of foods.

“We’re going to be doing panini’s, breakfast sandwiches, all homemade pastries,” Lemmon said. “I’m from Tillamook County, so we’ll be doing Tillamook milkshakes. And Sisters Coffee, nobody around here has it, they’re really selective about who has it.”

The hours are variable at this stage, currently slated for 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s hard to tell in the evenings, if no one’s coming by, which I hope they will because we will do food too, but if people aren’t into it we will close early,” she said. “But we did want to try to be open in the weekend because so many people travel through and we want to make sure to be accessible.”

Lemmon said she’s looking forward to opening day. A webpage is still around the corner, so for now, visit her Facebook page for more information at http://on.

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