Murray family’s secret to great coffee: loveMar 08, 2023 01:51PM ● By Shaun Delliskave
Murray residents, the Wright family, will open a second café on 5300 South. (Photo courtesy of High Point Coffee)
A new coffee shop will open its doors to the residents of Murray City, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for coffee lovers to enjoy. The coffee shop, named High Point Coffee, will call the corner of 5300 South and 700 West home.
Father and daughter duo Steve and Lindsay Wright have a passion for coffee and a desire to bring the community together. They hope to create a comfortable and inviting space perfect for meeting friends, catching up on work, or enjoying a cup of coffee.
“A little over 15 years ago, I quit my job at ATK (now Northrop Grumman) and decided to venture into the world of coffee. I drove across the nation looking for the best cup of coffee. I found it in Mississippi. After that, I asked my daughter Lindsay to open the shop in West Jordan with me. It took years of both of us working from open to close, but finally, we gained a foundation that we both can be proud of. We couldn’t have done it without each other, that’s for sure,” Steve Wright said.
Their first order of business is transforming the former Country Cleaners dry cleaning shop that has remained vacant for years. The previous property owners had to do an environmental clean-up of dry cleaning chemicals on the site.
With the future opening of High Point, support from the community seems widespread.
“I’m looking forward to having High Point Coffee coming in, adding a high-quality business to a location that has been an eyesore for 15 to 25 years,” Murray City Councilor Pam Cotter, whose district the location sits, said. “I think it will be a great place for the community to gather.”
This location will be Wright’s second café. Their other site in West Jordan has a conference room, many types of coffee, and other beverages and pastries. They have live music on Friday nights. This new location will have the same features.
“It’s like we finally made it! We have been searching for prospect locations in Murray for a long time, so we are excited. We are so happy to finally give back to the community that we love,” Steve Wright said.
Deeply tied to Murray, the Wrights have been looking for a chance to open in their hometown.
“My father was raised in Murray; I was raised here myself, and then I chose to raise my children here. My daughter Lindsay is still currently a Murray resident, raising her own children here. My family history goes back decades in Murray, and I’m proud to say that,” Steve Wright said.
Aside from renovating the building, the Wrights have some traffic issues to address.
“Mr. Wright has worked really hard to get his plans approved by the city and UDOT. He is investing his own money in Murray,” Cotter said.
While hoping the business will succeed financially, the Wrights aspire to make it a community meeting spot.
“Not only do we pride ourselves in giving back to the community by hosting charity events as well as giving free coffee away to first responders and military persons, but we also just bring a positive vibe. We welcome everyone. Come catch up with your friends and family over a great cup of coffee. Or use our space to study for an exam, and the list goes on. We are so excited to welcome and become friends with the citizens of Murray,” Steve Wright said.
In addition to traditional coffee options, High Point also offers a variety of specialty drinks, hot chocolate and pastries. The shop’s signature drink, the “Barista Favorites,” gives customers a seasonal taste throughout the year. The pastries, including croissants and muffins, are made daily. They even offer a secret menu.
“We genuinely believe that we have mastered every step of the process, from roasting coffee beans all the way to handing the cup to our customers,” Steve Wright said. “Adding love to every drink definitely helps.” Wright said.