Joy, right, and Gabriel Daigle stand behind their counter at the Mom and Pop's Coffee Shop. They have owned 18 businesses since leaving their lives as Louisiana shrimpers and fishermen, including Wild West Barbeque and a mini-golf course in Craig.

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Joy, right, and Gabriel Daigle stand behind their counter at the Mom and Pop's Coffee Shop. They have owned 18 businesses since leaving their lives as Louisiana shrimpers and fishermen, including Wild West Barbeque and a mini-golf course in Craig.

Couple known for local businesses opens Mom and Pop's Coffee Shop

— No matter what Joy, 58, and Gabriel, 63, Daigle find themselves doing, they have the same business approach.

"Just good Cajun hospitality," Gabriel said. "We treat everyone as friends, we don't treat anyone as a number and I think that's why we've always been successful. There's not much of that in business these days."

The Daigles opened the Mom and Pop' Coffee Shop on East Victory Way - on the site where B and B Drive-thru once stood - with that in mind.

They said through the 18 businesses they've owned and operated - first as shrimpers in Louisiana and then in Craig, including Wild West Barbeque and a mini-golf course - their customers come back for that trademarked easy friendliness.

This particular business started with a coincidental opportunity.

"There was this lady that had a cappuccino machine for sale," Joy said. "We decided, well, we'd never done a coffee shop before. Let's try it."

The Mom and Pop's Coffee Shop attempts to bring some of their favorite southern coffee and sweets along with that welcoming demeanor.

They have Louisiana brand coffee, which Joy described as a dark roast she and her husband have missed since moving to Craig.

"It's expensive to ship up here so we just started drinking that dried Folger's," Joy said. "It's not near as good as this" Louisiana brand.

Joining the coffee is a host of sugary rolls (such as cinnamon and pecan), muffins and cakes - all Joy's recipes, save for the muffins.

The Daigles will not sell anything they haven't tested and refined, Gabriel said.

"If it ain't good, we don't want it," he said. "Even if it is good, we experiment with different things to see if we can't make it better. My kids, bless them, they're our guinea pigs. We might test with different flavors for about a month. If they like it, I know we have a good product."

Joy's current favorite among the sweets? A cake, pecan, butter and cream cheese concoction known as an "ooie-gooie cake."

"Everybody that's tried it really likes it," Joy said. "The cinnamon rolls and the pecan rolls are really good, but that's my favorite."

In addition to those, the Daigles offer pizzas and sandwiches for lunch. Soon, they'll have soft-serve ice cream and New Orleans snow cones, which are made with a finer snow, Joy said.

They remodeled the inside to make it more comfortable for people to relax with their cups of joe, including some fireside seating.

The Daigles don't have any plans to move right away, but predicting where they'll be in a year isn't easy, Gabriel said.

"There ain't a use in staying in one place and let it be a burden," he said. "Usually when we sell (a business), I say we're going to retire, but then that never happens. We just like serving people. We like the company of people."

Whatever they do, for whatever reason, Gabriel added, fortune has smiled.

"In every business we go into, God has been good to us," he said. "The Lord's always blessed us, and we are always thankful."

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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