Roots closing Waukesha location
General manager opening new coffee shop in same space

Freeman Staff

June 28, 2019

 The Roots in Waukesha, 363 W. Main St., will close its doors at the end of the day today. General manager Nathan Darrow bought the Waukesha location in favor of opening up his own coffee shop, Mountain Top Coffee.
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WAUKESHA — The Roots location in Waukesha, 363 W. Main St., will close at the end of the business day today for good in favor of a new coffee shop that hopes to open up next week.

Nathan Darrow, the current general manager of the Roots in Waukesha, said he bought the business from the owners, Heidi Laatsch and Hillary Devries.

Darrow plans on closing the coffee shop this weekend to prepare his new coffee shop, Mountain Top Coffee.

Darrow said he has been with Roots for about four years and told Laatsch and Devries when he was hired that his eventual goal was to open a coffee shop of his own.

“It’s been great,” Darrow said. “They have worked alongside me the last couple years, making sure I know everything and how to run the business and stuff like that.”

Even though the only real “mountain” is the lowly hill just outside of downtown that Waukesha Memorial Hospital sits atop, Darrow said his name doesn’t have Wisconsin ties.

“The name came from when I lived in North Carolina, which is when I realized I wanted to open a coffee shop,” he said. “When I was there I picked the name and it fit being around mountains. When I moved back home here I still always liked the name.

“The name itself is a good conversation piece about where it came from.”

Darrow, a Milwaukee native who has lived in Waukesha for a few years, said he is planning on keeping Anodyne Coffee as his supplier at Mountain Top Coffee and will keep the same bakery options, which are all baked fresh in-store.

With the 4th of July parade coming up on Thursday, Darrow said he wants to have Mountain Top Coffee open in time for the celebrations and loves all of the events downtown Waukesha has to offer.

“I love the downtown area, I’m just excited to be a part of the downtown and all the businesses and be a part of the events that happen down here,” he said.

Darrow said he is thankful for the couple years he has had with Laatsch and Devries and the insight they’ve given him.

“I’m excited to get to work to make the changes that need to get done and have an opening date,” Darrow said.