Area business prospers during quarantine
The sun is barely creeping over the horizon and you have the boat hooked up, fishing rods and poles ready and, unbelievably, a sleepy wife stumbling to the truck to join you. Headed to Lake D’Arbonne for the day, you just know this is going to be a banner day for bream, catfish and possibly crappie.
Although, you realize you need crickets, a couple of new lures would be nice and the wifey is dropping hints that she is hungry and a cup of coffee would be great. Where will you ever find all of those things at 5 a.m.? In Farmerville, there is only one answer, K&M Coffee, Corks & Camo.
K&M is a one stop, provide all your needs, you name it they have it sporting goods, fishing gear, firearms and ammo store combined with a full coffee shop complete with espresso, frappes and smoothies. The biscuits, cinnamon rolls and muffins are heaven scent and their fresh sandwiches for lunch, followed by any one of their nine flavors of homemade ice cream, satisfy even the most sophisticated palates.
Forgot the anniversary and need a quick gift? K&M can help you. Need to buy a quick birthday gift for your mother-in-law? K&M also has wonderful gift shop with items like custom engraved tumblers, engraved cutting boards, lake décor, candles and even customized Union Parish and Lake D’arbonne décor.
This unique and invaluable establishment is owned by Kenny and Marcy Kavanaugh. The Kavanaughs grew up in Union Parish and met each other at Spencer Baptist Church. They began dating in 1991 and were married three years later. For 20 years the Kavanaughs owned and managed a chicken farm in Bernice.
Marcy also started a coffee business which really took off and within a year, the Kavanaughs realized they could sell the farm and begin their retirement dreams. “We have always lived in Union Parish,” said Marcy, “so moving to Farmerville to live on the lake was an easy choice.” The Kavanaughs found the perfect lake house and moved in with their teenagers Kaitlyn and Matthew. “I wanted to take a year or two off,” laughs Kenny, “but the coffee shop and bait shop just fell into our laps.” Marcy’s coffee business was doing so well that she wanted to buy the local coffee shop for their teens to run and learn the value of hard work.
While looking for a location for their coffee shop, they stumbled upon the old D’Arbonne Sporting Goods that was for sale. After much prayer and family discussion, K&M Coffee, Corks, & Camo was born and opened its doors for business in February of 2019.
K&M is a true family-run business. Working with family is not always easy and they do it seven days a week. “Kenny and I try to make all the decisions together, but it definitely requires us to divide and conquer to get everything done,” said Marcy.
She orders everything for the gift shop and tends to the work scheduling, payroll, and office duties while Kenny keeps the sporting goods products ordered and prices inventory and stocks the shelves. When asked how he enjoys working with his spouse, Kenny smiled and said, “Stressful at times, but overall great. I have to be nice to her because at the end of the day, we go home together.” Most married couples refuse to work together for fear that it will cause trouble at home but these two seem to have it all figured out. “We can definitely butt heads,” admitted Marcy, “ but at the end of the day we both want what’s best for our store and for our family.”
Small businesses are often difficult to sustain, especially in rural areas of North Louisiana. However, the Kavanaughs knew a real opportunity when it was presented to them. When questioned about the viability of a small business in Farmerville, Kenny enthusiastically said, “Having a bait shop next to Lake D’Arbonne is a no brainer! It is a win-win situation.”
Shortly after celebrating their one year opening anniversary, the COVID-19 Pandemic stormed across the country and quarantine forced many small businesses to close their doors resulting in a permanent closure for many who could not sustain themselves. Fortunately for the enterprising Kavanaughs, they had their store deemed an “essential” business, and this proved to be a God send. The quarantine had the opposite affect on K&M. “It made our business boom,” said Kenny, “one of the only things people could do was fish. We are still having trouble keeping inventory.”
K&M actually had to add staff members to help it was so busy. “One blessing we’ve received through this pandemic is that a lot of people have found our store who did not know we were here,” said Marcy.
It is easy to hear the love the Kavanaughs have for Union Parish and Farmerville as they talk about their store and the experiences it has brought them. “Our customers have become our family,” said Marcy, “Small towns can make or break a business and we have been received with open arms.” She also points out that running this unique store with all its many treasures requires lots of help. “We have been blessed with an amazing staff,” Marcy said, “Matthew Kavanaugh, Kerri Smith, Justin Bailey, Grace Hamilton, McKenzie Cranford, Courtnie Umberger and Lacee Tamez, we could not do this without them.”
Next time you decide to fish the world famous Lake D’Arbonne, hunt the game rich woods of Union Parish, need a unique gift for a friend or simply want a cup of coffee and a treat with a friend, stop by K&M Coffee, Corks, and Camo. It has something to offer all who enter its doors and those who stop in will be treated like a member of the family who owns and runs it. K & M Coffee, Corks, & Camo is located at 1012 S Main St. in Farmerville and they are open seven days a week from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m.