Sisters Carol Arnott and Connie Smith plan to bring gourmet coffee and french pastries to Roseburg with their new business, Le Petit Cafe.

The cafe, at 410 SE Jackson St., Roseburg, will open with a celebration event Wednesday.

Along with coffees, juices, smoothies and tea drinks, Le Petit Cafe will offer breakfast and lunch with salads, french cuisine, and fresh-baked pastries and desserts made by local bakers and vendors. Free WiFi will be available so customers can stay to work or just relax.

Smith said Le Petit Cafe will focus on healthy, high-quality food, while giving local vendors a chance to promote themselves.

Smith said opening the business with her sister is a great opportunity. She said the two of them had been talking about opening a business together in the past, and when the chance came they both invested in it.

“We want to help the community out and bring good vibes and good food to the area,” Smith said. “We’ll keep it family-oriented and positive and create a great atmosphere.”

Smith said when customers walk in, she wants them to feel immediately welcomed with friendly faces and positive energy. Arnott said she also wants the café to be a place to slow down, enjoy the coffee and food and be a part of the community.

The cafe will also be canine-oriented, as Arnott said she plans to offer a “puppuccino” treat for dogs.

From Sherwood and Newberg, respectively, Arnott said she and Smith both fell in love with Roseburg.

“I like the small town community and I think Southern Oregon is beautiful,” Arnott said. She said she noticed Roseburg doesn’t have a lot of places with French flair, and she wants to help the downtown thrive with customers out and about walking between different venues.

“It’s a way to bring life back to downtown in a small community,” she said.

Le Petit Cafe’s grand opening event is slated for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday with specials, free samples, a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon and live music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The business will be open from 7 am. to 7 p.m. daily.

The cafe property is 960 square feet and has a total real market value of $68,340, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office. Before it became Le Petit Cafe, the building had sat empty for a few years. The previous occupant was a jewelry store that closed in 2014.

The sisters plan to offer a high-tea event for Mother’s Day, a chess night and trivia night, and host meetings for local organizations who need the space. They also plan to have an art wall for local artisans to display their work. With capacity for 15 people, the café is available for private events.

For more information about Le Petit Cafe, call 541-900-1224 or visit www.lepetitcafe.biz.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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scharmian

Wonderful! That you are opening a coffee shop like this! I love French pastries. I prefer Chai tea, but certainly you will offer teas as well. Making it dog friendly is a bonus. I moved from Austin last year, which is a very dog friendly city where you can take your well behaved dogs to many outdoor style cafe's, restaurants and bars. This is the beginning of a new revitalizing chapter to our beautiful town. I will be there!

Nikkita

I'm always excited for new coffee houses. I love coffee and cafes. But please oh my god please stop opening cafes and restaurants to pets. I love animals, I have a dog, I own reptiles, the animals aren't the problem. It's the cleanliness. Animals are not clean idc if you give your dog a bath sometimes, I groom my dog too but she still walk close to and lays on the ground and sheds all the time. Nobody wants their fur in the food or drinks, or whatever dirt and dander they bring in on their paws. It's just gross.

scharmian

Not everyone thinks dogs are gross - I am surprised you even have one if you feel that way. They have found (scientifically) that people who have dogs are actually healthier in many ways.

bohica48

Dogs are dirty. I don't care how much you love them (and I do) they have their place, and it's NOT inside restaurants, hospitals, etc. They carry fleas, ticks, etc. , and they can bite. If you want to eat with your dog stay home. I don't understand why Oregon health officials allow this. In every state I've lived in dogs are not allowed in eating places (EXCEPT seeing eye dogs.) I guess they found it (Scientifically) unsound.

CitizenJoe

Coffeehouses played a big part in The Enlightenment. May this coffeehouse do the same for us.
Cascadian Coffee (732 SE Cass), already in business, is also a great gathering place.

Ryan Buchanan

I agree. Love Cascadian!

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