UPDATE: Columbia Public Library coffee kiosk remains stale

Thursday, August 6, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — For almost the entire summer, the Columbia Public Library has been without a coffee vendor, and after rejecting its only applicant to run the kiosk, the library has not been actively looking for new applicants.

During its July meeting, the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board voted down Dennis Nicks' application to run the vacated coffee kiosk, which Lakota Coffee Company left in early June.

Nicks did not meet the requirements the library board was looking for, said Elinor Barrett, library spokeswoman. The board wanted someone with prior coffee shop management experience as well as sufficient funds to purchase and operate the kiosk, Barrett said.

“Dennis told us when he applied that he knew he did not meet the requirements because he had no prior experience as a manager and would also need to find investors,” Barrett said.

Barrett said the board did not want to see Nicks go into debt because of his venture into the coffee business.

Lakota owner Skip DuCharme said the kiosk wasn't a good investment for him any longer and thus pulled his operations. Lakota still operates coffee kiosks in University Hospital and Boone Hospital Center.

Since Nicks’ application was declined, the library has not been looking for new applicants, Barrett said; however, it is keeping applications open.

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Mona Holt August 6, 2009 | 7:45 a.m.

Lakota should have left the library long before they did. The clerks at the coffee stand were rude and their service was terrible. The Library should have realized that having them continue there only made them look bad.

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Tommy Lanman August 6, 2009 | 9:48 a.m.


Any and every time I went to the Lakota stand at our library, I never found the associates to be rude and without proper service to and for me. I have always found the associates of every Lakota in town to not only be courteous and pleasant to talk to about just about anything I was talking to them about life in general.

I am sure that Skip DuCharme was and is aware of the actions of his employees. Have you ever contacted Skip on this matter that you so boldly place for the general public to read,

The bottom line on this is that a business cannot continue services if the business is not breaking even. I never saw what I believe to be the number of patrons purchasing coffee and other goods at the coffee spot. (B.S. in Business Administration w/emphasis in Accounting)

Lighten up. Often times rude creates rude.


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Ray Shapiro August 6, 2009 | 10:05 a.m.

A coffee/beverage dispensing machine would suffice.
It's a small town library not a KC Barnes and Noble for Christ sake.
How "foo-foo" do you gotta be?
(Library beer-on-tap would be nice though.)

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