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Comfort is key at Bakersfield’s newest coffee house, Dagny’s, at the Dream Center.
Located on 18th Street across from Sequoia’s Sandwich Co., this new Dagny’s location had their grand opening on Oct. 7.
The brick front building has a small outside seating area. On a nice day, the large wall-sized window is rolled up to expand the seating area and bring a nice breeze into the shop.
Inside, a beautifully paneled ceiling and crystal chandeliers combine with modern furniture to make a very artsy feel.
On the white walls hang pictures drawn by students who are connected to Foster Youth Services.
The owner of Dagny’s, Mike Walters, has teamed up with Foster Youth Services along with the Network for Children to accommodate emancipated youth.
All but one of the store’s employees come from foster homes and now, on their own, have job security thanks to Walters’ collaboration with Network for Children.
The shop offers much of the same menu as the original Dagny’s location downtown on the corner of 20th and Eye. Their fruit smoothies are fantastic and blended to perfection.
Another great drink to order would be a simple blended mocha.
Smooth and creamy, it is a perfect mix of delicious Dagny’s coffee and chocolate. My drink was brought right to me by one of the very friendly staff.
A blueberry muffin is an excellent choice for a bite to eat. The baked goods served at Dagny’s come from Great Harvest Bakery located in the northwest. Made that morning, the muffin was moist and full of bursting berries.
The muffin and a blended mocha cost me just over six dollars. Although the food isn’t cheap, the prices are comparable to Starbucks.
Dagny’s at the Dream Center is definitely on my list of favorite coffee houses. It provides a very comfortable environment with some great drinks and food that tops most other options around town.

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