Choco Latte in Brookings features several homemade items

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) - It's a busy time of year at coffee shops all over the country. Choco Latte in Brookings is no exception.

From iced drinks, to mochas, to homemade toffee, Choco Latte has a lot of local options.

"We are a coffee shop, but I also make all this candy," owner, Donna Behrend, said.

Choco Latte has been on 6th street in Brookings for more than seven years.

"I had worked in coffee for a really long time before. We had a friend that said 'why doesn't Donna open a coffee shop of her own,' and I was like no...and 6 months later we were open. That's how quickly the process was," Behrend said.

College students, small groups, coffee enthusiasts and more fill the shop on a daily basis. Behrend says she sees people of all ages walk through her doors. She credits the community a large part for helping her succeed.

"I love being in Brookings. I think this is home for me," she said.

She also credits her staff a large part. She says she really focuses on hiring quality people.

"I have really good people who work here," she said.

Choco Latte's store hours are Monday - Saturday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.