Arkansas City coffee lovers won’t have to wait much longer for a new coffee house and bakery. Randy and Ruth Ryel [like Trial] who were both born, raised and educated in Ark City, are targeting the grand opening for Steamy Joe on Sept. 1. Ruth Ryel’s dream was to be able to do what she loves — provide the Ark City area with a restaurant destination. Steamy Joe’s atmosphere will be comfortable and inviting with hints of vintage décor, according to Ruth. Her dream has come to fruition due to funding from Cowley First through the Cowley County E-Community Loan program. The coffee house will have comfortable, casual seating, table seating, free Wi-Fi, and charging stations for laptops. There will be a fireplace and also an outside patio. When they open, it will have taken 12 months to renovate the property at 216 W. Central Ave. The Cowley County E-Community Loan program is a locally maintained fund to assist entrepreneurs reach their dream of opening their own business or to grow a business that is already established. All businesses in Cowley County are eligible to apply. To learn more, visit