Mohave Valley coffee shop offers compassion with fresh-baked goods
MOHAVE VALLEY — Finding a good cup of coffee in the River Cities area is a pretty easy thing to do. Finding a cup of Joe served with kindness and a smile, however, requires a trip to an almost hidden treasure, The Cup at Roxy’s.
Tucked in a corner and sharing space with Roxy’s Quilt & Sew in Fort Mohave, this shop not only offers coffee from Maui, a variety of healthy smoothies, various flavors of teas, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, brownies and other pastries made daily with the finest of ingredients, it doles out compassion in heaping servings.
Every cookie, muffin, lemon bar and slice of bread has its own history, in the form of recipes handed down to shop owner Roxy Stroth from her “G.G.” aka, her great-grandmother.
“All the recipes I use here I got from my G.G.,” Stroth said. “I have great memories spending time with her, rolling out dough, mixing ingredients, baking, waiting for things to come out of the oven. I can’t remember when I wasn’t baking with my G.G.
“When I moved here I wanted to indulge my two passions, quilting and nutrition,” she added.
“I had a smoothie bar in Tracy, California, at a gym called In-Shape,” she said. “It’s one of the big ones. I started there. I researched nutrition and talked to nutritionists and found there was a need for healthy alternatives. When people are working out and serious about staying healthy, I didn’t want to serve junk food. I wanted to offer them healthy alternatives so I could cater to whatever their nutritional goals or issues like diabetes, etc. In addition to a menu of smoothies, I came up with different recipes for things like scones that were gluten free, where people could order them, pick them up fresh and take them home.”
She also wanted to have a quilt shop, but out of respect for a friend who already had a shop in California, Stroth put that part of the dream on hold until her circumstances changed and she moved to this area.
“The quilt shop has been here about three and a half years, and the coffee shop has been here since March 2018,” she said. We had a soft opening for that.”
Since Stroth opened the quilt shop, it has become a popular place with many of the area’s die-hard quilters who come to shop. But they also come to hang out, learn, sew and connect with other people who love the hobby as much as they do.
“The coffee shop was an after-thought,” said Grace Black, who helps out the business. Black is a popular singer and musician in the area, who couldn’t deny the special vibe served up in this little corner of the world.
“Men would come here to get a cup of coffee or a smoothie while their wives shopped. They could have coffee and conversation, and it’s just taken off from there.
“People love the atmosphere,” she added.
The family-owned business extends that feeling to every customer.
“It’s like coming home,” Black said. “When something is served with a smile it is both good for the soul and good to offer a little warmth. We greet everyone with a smile ... it might be the only smile they see all day. The look on people’s faces says it all. A little kindness doesn’t cost anything.”
The decor of hand-painted murals is friendly and inviting with small, comfortable seating areas that encourages patrons to slow down a bit, relax, enjoy a beverage along with something a little sweet right out of the oven. There are toys to accommodate their pint-sized patrons as well. The small intimate setting is the perfect spot for friends to linger over a conversation.
“My daughter Madison Probst and her friend, McKinzie Jackson, painted all the murals in the shop,” Stroth said. “They received credit for their work at Mohave High School, where they both attend. I think they did a great job.”
Her daughter also shares her mother’s talent for quilting and other crafts, and helping someone who might need it.
“There was a guy outside near the highway having trouble with his bicycle,” Stroth said. “Maddie made him a smoothie and put some chocolate-chip cookies in a bag and took them out to him. She told him she couldn’t help him with his bicycle, but she could offer a little nourishment in case he was hungry. I thought that was cool. All that cost was our time.”
In July, the shop started offering sandwiches, featuring Boar’s Head grain-fed meats with no antibiotics or GMOs, served on fresh baked breads, and wraps.
“As always we strive to provide only the highest quality ingredients available,” Stroth added.
“Nutrition is my passion,” she said. “It was one I indulged with my smoothie bar when I was in California.”
It is one she continues and expands on here.
“We have alternatives for vegans and vegetarians, too,” she said. “We offer wholesome lunch meats with no preservatives that we slice ourselves, and we specialize in Boar’s Head’s upper line of lunch meats.
“Our smoothies are made with organic and natural ingredients, 100 percent flash-freeze-dried organic fruit and vegetable purees so there is a consistent taste. We’re able to serve kale, spinach and other things when they’re not in season,” she said. “It keeps them from tasting bitter. No one wants a smoothie with bitter blueberries.
“We offer gluten-free pastries like cinnamon rolls, scones and breads.
“Kona coffee from Maui is our house coffee for our cappuccinos, espresso and lattes,” she added. “We serve it fresh every morning. I just love that coffee.
“We know sometimes people have different preferences when it comes to smoothies, so if they don’t see it on the menu, we’ll make it special.”
Both shops cater to busy moms with children, offering healthy snack alternatives.
“When young mothers come in for a quick pick-me-up with their kids, they are treated like family, too,” Black said. “We love on them, like they’re our grandchildren. We offer after-school snacks that are healthy. They think they’re getting a yummy treat, but they’re also getting better nutrition.”
The shop also has a sense of humor when it comes to children, with this posted sign, “Children left unattended here will be given an espresso and a free puppy.”
The shops, however, are serious about giving back to the community in meaningful ways with many of the ladies who sew putting their skills to selfless use to help out.
“We have ‘charity sews’ to help out organizations like Quilts of Comfort,” Stroth said. “I donate the fabric and people donate their time to make quilts. We made a quilt for the Bullhead City Police Department and we’ve also made one for the Fort Mohave Fire Department. We can never thank them enough for what they do for our communities.
“Even our scrap fabrics go to make dog beds. We fill backpacks with items like toothbrushes and other personal care items for foster kids and we’re happy to do it. We wanted to get involved.
“People who are going through cancer treatments — we take them smoothies for before or after, and we give them quilts to bundle up in while they’re getting treatments,” she added.
The shop is also the meeting place for the We Care Cancer Support group, held the third Thursday of every month, at 11 a.m.
“We can never thank the We Care volunteers enough,” Stroth said. “They are serving these people’s souls by letting them know they’re not alone and trying to make things better for them.”
The Cup also helps out by selling See’s Candies.
Additional services available at the shop are sewing machine repair and knife and scissors sharpening.
Because the shops are tucked away in a corner spot at 5221 Highway 95, Suite 5, right before Hammer Road, at the strange intersection with Walmart right across the highway, some might drive right past them.
“We’re one of the best kept secrets around,” Black said. “We’re trying to get our name out there to let people know we’re here. Our food is good and reasonably priced.”
“We’re open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Saturday, but our doors are generally not locked in case someone wanders in and wants a cup of coffee. I’m usually here and I can come over and make some.”