Ava and Poppy in front of Poppy’s Coffee Shop.

Ava Sickler, a 2022 Dickinson High and Dickinson Online Academy graduate, is the new owner of Poppy’s Coffee Shop located at 2169 2nd Ave West (south of Wal-Mart.) 

Ava started working in this very kiosk as a barista when she was just 14.  She was working at Country Kitchen most recently, when the former owner approached her parents at Dickinson Tire with plans to sell.

“I started working at a young age because I wanted to save up for college,” says Sickler. “I was able to use that savings to put the down payment on Poppy’s!”

With the support of Poppy, her toy Aussie, her family, and the previous owner Christina Simons, Ava has taken on the challenge of business owner with an excitement and drive that is admirable and inspiring.

“It hasn’t been exactly easy,” she admits.  “I’ve learned so much along the way, through mistakes and successes.” 

She has dreams for expanding the business someday, too, making a career as an entrepreneur and shop owner. 

“My love for animals really drives me,” she states. “I hope to create a seating area here with a dog park of some sort.”

Poppy’s Coffee Shop is located at 2169 2nd Avenue West, just south of Wal-Mart, and open Monday through Saturday. 

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