Monday Munchies: Central Dakota Perk opens second location

Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 8:52 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Central Dakota Perk is expanding its reach with a shop in Tea and now also Harrisburg.

Central Dakota Perk is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. The Harrisburg location is situated in the strip mall, next to Subway. The coffee shop is drive-through only.

The family-owned coffee shop offers hot and cold drinks, including boba and lotus drinks, dairy and non-dairy milk options, 25 sugar-free syrups, and much more.

This has been a family business from the very beginning, when owner Jen McNaughton and her husband Jedd got the idea for their coffee shop from their kids.

“Our children were always asking us to stop at any of the specialty coffee shops, anytime we would leave our house and go out of town.”

They made the decision to open a coffee shop of their own and found a small coffee hut, which is when they went all in.

“We moved it to our tiny town, and we were at it for one year there, until we decided we need more coffee drinkers, so we put it on a trailer and moved it to Tea. After operating that for about a year and a half in Tea, we decided to branch out, and Harrisburg looked like a beautiful town to be an addition to our Central Dakota Perk Family.”

This drive-through-only coffee shop offers any flavor under the sun, with over 100 syrup flavors and a ton of coffee and non-coffee drink options.

Izzy McNaughton loves working at her family’s coffee shops for many reasons.

“I love working at Central Dakota Perk because I kind of get to make up drinks. I can make up drinks and say, ‘Oh, we should have that on the menu. It’s really cool to just play around with stuff,” she said.

At Central Dakota Perk, they foster a feeling of family in their workplace.

“I love it. It’s definitely family-owned, and they definitely make you feel like one of their own, which is so awesome.”

It’s not just the employees they want to feel like family.

“We’re meeting people, seeing them daily, learning their names, and learning their stories, and I really like getting to know all of my customers. So it isn’t just a business — it’s really, truly a family, so we’re really excited to see everybody and get to know everybody here in Harrisburg as well.”