Smokey Row. Good Coffee. Good People.
We are so excited to welcome Smokey Row Coffee to the list of locally-owned establishments calling The District at Prairie Trail home! Smokey Row is open and while its beautiful new coffee house isn't able to fully open its doors to the public due to COVID -19 limitations, its drive thru is already a hit. That's thanks to Smokey Row's reputation as one of the best coffee houses in Iowa.
This is Smokey Row's fifth location, at 1530 SW Vintage Parkway, Ankeny. While it's all new, it shares the same eclectic Smokey Row vibe you know and love. Just like its sister locations in Pleasantville, Pella and Oskaloosa, plus the iconic Sherman Hill location in Des Moines. For instance, all warm woods, brick, cozy and comfortable...Smokey Row's signature style.
Smokey Row is a family affair. Founder and owner Krista Bennett works side-by-side with her father, who acts as general manager; sister, who oversees human resources; and nephew, a roast master. "We've had amazing staff, and some that have stayed with us 10, 15, 20 years," Krista says. "We've been able to build a sense of community and family. Above all, that was the most important part of the business for us." It's no wonder their slogan is "Good Coffee. Good People."
Perfect Fit for Prairie Trail
"I first heard about the Prairie Trail development over 10 years ago. I thought it would be the perfect location," says Krista. "We've watched it grow into a thriving destination in the center of Ankeny. Then we felt the time was right for us to add a Smokey Row there."
The Smokey Row in The District has a menu similar to its other locations, featuring specialty coffees and teas. "We are proud to source the best beans from small farms and roast our own coffee in small batches" which maximizes freshness, Krista says. Breakfast items, salads, soups, sandwiches and ice cream are also offered.
Smokey Row started in 1998 in aptly named Pleasantville. Krista owned and operated a flower shop and video store there. Her obsession for coffee led her to drive to Des Moines up to twice a day to get her fix. That is, until she decided to launch her own coffee shop. We are so glad she did!