KENNEWICK, WA - After 12 years with the Hanford Fire Department, a local firefighter has opened a business around his second passion - coffee!
Li'l Firehouse Coffee at 3708 W. Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick has only been open a few days but owner Chuck Sleater has been a fireman for 19 years; 12 with Hanford.
The coffee shop uses beans roasted in Zillah and sells local baked goods too.
Firefighters get free drip coffee or espresso, $1 off any drink if you're in uniform or driving a fire truck and 50 cents off any drink with a ID badge.
"We just have passion for coffee and for people," says Sleater. "Being a fireman we're considered the jack of all trades so you learn how to do everything. I built houses on my days off over the years and so now we're just moving into a different phase of our life."
Sleater also says the building only took a few months to build; most of which he did during his time off from the Fire Department.