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Copper Wings Café opens at Castle Air Museum


Copper Wings Café has opened at the Castle Air Museum visitors center, offering delicious coffee and treats to the guests of the historic valley destination.

Opening Day on July 26 was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as small vendor fair throughout the day for the public to enjoy. Additionally, the event offered complimentary coffee in addition to a huge spread of baked goods and treats in the newly renovated conference room, now available for public events.

Copper Wings is the passion project of business partners and co-owners, Kari May and Sara Alves, both who have had a longtime love for coffee and a desire to find their place in the industry. After years of wanting to, and then months of hard work with Castle, they have finally opened shop and are serving the community.

“We all worked really hard and we are excited to grow,” Alves says.

May adds, “We want to thank Castle for giving us the opportunity for us to come in. Joe Pruzzo’s help has been very instrumental in connecting us with the board members, donors, and more. He was instrumental for us getting the location.”

Pruzzo, the executive director of the museum, said the cafe is a perfect fit for venue. “It will improve visitorship here at the gift shop and the overall experience of the museum. … It is really rewarding the see it flourish and move forward, and with everything else coming, it should only get better for us here.”

Both May and Alves went on to express their overall gratitude to the community for all of the support that they have received, as well as encourage the community to continue to show the same support for other small businesses of the valley.

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