Shawna Jackson has launched a new local business venture, the Giddy Up Go Espresso drive-up coffee shop. She is serving all kinds of coffees, plus breakfast and other food items.
Shawna bought the drive-up shop in October. “I jumped in with both feet, and it’s been fun,” she was saying the other day.
Shawna had some previous business experience, selling beadwork, beads and Pendleton purses. This was in addition to her work as a foster care certifier with Children and Family Services.
The coffee business, though, was something new. “The day after I bought the shop,” she was saying, “I went to a Coffee Fest in Portland.”
Soon, she learned the finer points of making gourmet coffees. The next step was to think of a name for her business.
“That took about three weeks,” she said. “I wanted something catchy that people would remember.”
Shawna grew up ranching and riding in rodeos. “So I knew it would have to be something to do with horses.” After some thought, she decided on Giddy Up Go Espresso as the perfect name.
Since she opened in the fall, “More truck drivers are starting to know I’m here. They’re stopping more, coming from both ways on the highway.”
She’s hoping to put some signs along the highway to let people know she’s open. Giddy Up Go is located near the Highway 26 Deschutes River bridge, near Eagle Crossing.
Shawna estimates that about 20 percent of her customers are truckers and others travelling on the highway, and the rest are local people.
Giddy Up Go has many different kinds of coffees—breve, latte, mocha, Americano, etc.—and many flavors, listed alphabetically on the menu, from almond to white chocolate.
You can order a smoothie, choosing from a variety of flavors, from banana to wildberry.
There are kids drinks, with flavors like cookies and cream, and cotton candy. Other menu items are muffin tops, scones and donut holes. Also for breakfast there are biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwhiches, breakfast burritos, and Umpqua oatmeal.
Giddy Up Go Espresso is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Closed on Sundays. You can reach Giddy Up Go Espresso at 541-460-1861.