After 15 years, the owners of Dunn Brothers Coffee in eastern Sioux Falls are selling their coffee shop.
Emily Vincelli opened the shop, at 5320 E. Arrowhead Parkway, in 2006 with her parents, Doris and Jack Sitzmann, as co-owners.
The east side was years away from development, and Dunn Brothers was one of the first coffee shops on the edge of town. The shop was there back when Coldstone Creamery had a store nearby, and had already established itself before Dawley Farms filled in with department stores.
“It was slow going at the beginning, and it took us a while to take shape, but we definitely found our place on the east side,” 46-year-old Vincelli said.
Now, Vincelli and her parents are ready to hand over the reins to new owners. Alaina and Dylan Huyser, and Abby and Lucas Teunissen, will officially become owners Sept. 1.
Alaina Huyser has been an employee at Dunn Bros. for two-and-a-half years now, and she felt it was the right step to take ownership of a place that feels like home to her, she said.
“When I graduated college, Emily voiced interest in wanting to sell and I jumped on the opportunity,” the 22-year-old said. “It felt like a God thing, that it just all fell into my lap. It seems like this is kind of fate.”
The Sitzmanns and Vincelli, along with her husband Ryan, will be holding a farewell event at the shop at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30. It’ll be a chance to introduce customers to the new owners and say thank you for 15 years together, Vincelli said.
“We’ve formed so many relationships with our customers, and that’s probably been the best part of it,” Vincelli said. “It’s sad to see it go, but it’s also OK at the same time.”
While Vincelli plans to use her time off to rest and practice yoga, Doris Sizmann plans to officially retire at 70 years old. Customers will still be able to stop in and chat with Jack Sitzmann, also 70, since he’ll stay on to roast coffee beans.
As for Dunn Bros., Huyser said customers should only expect a few notable changes at the shop in the next few months. She plans to introduce a new menu this year to add lunch and supper fare. They’ll also be offering nitro cold brew to customers soon, she said.