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Habitué Coffeehouse & Cakes to Remember
Habitue Coffeehouse & Bakery – Coffee Shop Le Mars

Cheryl Wells – Owner

Cheryl and her husband Mike reside in Le Mars, Iowa. Cheryl has a passion for people and for connecting, so she opened Habitué Coffeehouse & Bakery on March 29, 2010. Cheryl’s vision was to create a space for those that came to Le Mars looking for a place to have a wonderful cup of coffee, as well as delicious baked goods and food, and relax in a beautiful atmosphere.  This vision and dream came as a result of her opening a ministry center called The Living Center in 2001 located right next door to the coffeehouse, which houses a non profit called Side by Side Ministries. In December of 2014 she purchased a 50 year old cake business (Betty’s Cakes) and the name was changed to Habitué Coffeehouse & Cakes To Remember. Cheryl leads her team and is very involved in the heart and the oversight of the business.

Favorite Quote :

“Pay attention to the details and excellence will come.” – John Maxwell

Sherri Schmitt – Operations Manager

I was born and raised in Le Mars.  I love this city!  My husband Ron and I have five beautiful children.  Together, we have eleven grandchildren!  We love spending time with them and attending all of their sporting activities.  They keep us busy!  I have worked at Habitué since even before it opened as we prepared this place for you.  I love serving customers and I also enjoy serving those I work with.

Favorite Verse :

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.  When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.” – Proverbs 31:25-26

Tim LaBreche – Coffee & Communications Specialist

I’ve loved coffee since high school in the 1980’s. During my junior and senior years in high school my desire for a career path was to be a Youth Pastor. My Youth Pastor Joel told me one of the most important things about being a Youth Pastor was that you had to drink a lot of coffee. (Now going through being a parent of high-schoolers I understand what he meant!) So from that point on I’ve loved coffee. Back in those days the biggest argument was whether or not you preferred Maxwell House or Folgers. Boy have times changed! There are many independent coffee shops that don’t have a lot of nice things to say for the national coffee giants. Not me! If it wasn’t for them the specialty coffee industry wouldn’t be where it is today! Since then I have delivered coffee from the roaster to the customers, worked as a coffee roaster, managed multiple coffee shops, and have owned our own coffee shop at one point with my beautiful bride Sheila! My role at Habitué is to oversee the quality of our coffee program and train our baristas to make those incredible lattes and cappuccinos you come back for!

Favorite Verse :

I don’t have one single favorite, but I do love Psalm 19:13. It reads : Keep your servant from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

Luke Howell – Head Decorator

I was born and raised in Ft. Myers, Southwest Florida, called it my home for 37 years. Sun, heat, and beaches is all I’ve ever known. Before moving to Le Mars in May of 2016 I sold my lawn business which I owned and ran for 15+ years. Moving to Le Mars allowed me to do a couple things, put my children and family in a town and school that I feel comfortable and safe in, and get back into a kitchen after years of being away. I’ve recently graduated from The French Pastry School in Chicago where I’ve honed my skills and abilities in the kitchen. I look forward to many years of baking and decorating for the great people, towns and counties of Northwest Iowa.

Favorite Verse :

“Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.” – Psalm 46:10

Sheila LaBreche – Administrative Assistant

My name is Sheila LaBreche. I am a wife, and mother of two beautiful blessings. I was born and raised in Michigan, where I lived until 2010, when God called our family to Le Mars. Our family came so that my husband, Tim could work at Habitué. It wasn’t long before I started working as Cheryl’s assistant and helping out at Habitué and Side by Side Ministries. My current role is being responsible for all of the administrative duties that help everyone else do their job more efficiently. Whether it’s updating a needed Standard Operating Procedure or taking care of some accounts payable, I’m passionate about coming alongside others in ways that allow them to do their job with excellence.

Favorite Verse :

Exodus 14:14 – The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still

Tiffany Howell

I grew up here in LeMars and moved to Florida when I was 18. I recently moved back to work here at Habitué. My husband, Luke, and I have 4 beautiful children and are expecting another one in May. The last year has been a whirlwind for us. We made the decision to move here in January and by May we were on the road!

I love all things weddings! The excitement, the dresses, the cakes, the events…it’s all right up my alley! I am so excited to be back in town working with my family and coming alongside brides and their families to see their dreams come true.

Favorite verse:

My favorite verse is Psalm 91:4. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

Habitue Coffeehouse & Bakery – LeMars