Ten years ago, Kagen Cox tasted his first crepe.
“It was a little bit of heaven in my mouth,” he recalled, adding that he and his wife, Jennifer, were on vacation when he discovered the thin French pancakes. “From that point on—whenever we’d take trips—we were always trying to find places that made crepes.”
Now they’re making the sweet and savory treat themselves at Kagen Coffee & Crepes in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.
The couple dreamed of opening a bistro one day, but it wasn’t until their daughter’s school, Liberty Christian School, put Jennifer Cox in charge of finding vendors for a fundraiser that the bistro idea really started taking shape.
“The school wanted a coffee vendor to come in, and we thought maybe we’d get a little traveling coffee stand—like a coffee cart. We started looking for a place we could rent by the hour to prepare the coffee,” Kagen Cox said. “The church next door to the location we were looking at was excited about getting somebody in this vacant space and suggested we do a brick and mortar location. And when my wife said, ‘It’d be awesome to do crepes and coffee,’ I thought, ‘Let’s go for it.’”
The problem was the 900-square-foot space adjacent to the EastLake Tri-Cities church in the Uptown had been empty for years and needed an overhaul.