Former Bank Drive-Thru Now Serves Gourmet Coffee


An old bank drive-thru repurposed well into a coffee house in downtown Canton.

Photos by Sky High Perspective

The Pony Expresso is a locally-owned coffee house in downtown Canton. This charming establishment was once a drive-thru bank facility and was repurposed into a coffee house. The owner, Katie McFarland, opened the shop in November 2018 serving coffee and more to the residents and visitors of Van Zandt County.

The Pony Expresso fell into place once the vacant property went up for grabs. The drive-thru design catered to McFarland’s idea to create the feel of a “mocha stand” which she learned to love during her stay in Waco at Baylor University.

Owner, Katie McFarland serves customers with a smile six days a week.

McFarland quickly got to work creating her ideal coffee house. Everything in the establishment was created in her vision in only four months, including all the recipes, outdoor seating area, and T-shirts and mugs.

Grabbing a morning coffee at The Pony Expresso comes with a smile as the staff is very customer friendly and strives to get to know each and every one of their customers, McFarland said.

It was also important to McFarland to keep everything that can’t be done in house close to home. For example, The Pony Expresso only uses Van Zandt Coffee Co. — roasted in nearby Athens — for each of their recipes.

Having a tight-knit community is very important to McFarland, which is why she gathers all of her morning snacks from locally-owned Buttermilk’s or Button’s restaurants. This process also guarantees fresh delivery of products from producer to consumer in a fraction of the time.

The Pony Expresso offers a variety of aromatic and tasty coffees, and even the option to add flavors such as caramel, vanilla, or even hazelnut. It is open from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,  and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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