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Rise-n-Shine Couple bring baking specialty to Deming coffee house I

bought a “cherry dream” at Rise-nShine, and it was so soft it was like biting into a cloud. It was one of several pastries made by the owners. There’s a new coffee house/bakery in Deming, run by a Mennonite couple, Dennis and Juanita Strite. The business is at 110 S. Gold Ave., just a few steps away from the Deming Arts Center at the corner of Gold and Pine. They are not Mennonites from Mexico, but from Pennsylvania. They bought the Waymaker Christian Store and Espresso Shop at 110 S. Gold St. and gave it a new name: Rise-n-Shine. They’re maintaining much of Waymaker’s familiar menu — several types of coffee, Italian sodas, fruit smoothies and tea. These newcomers to Deming have added their own pastries to the menu. They make both white and wheat bread loaves, considered to be about two-thirds whole wheat. There are also several kinds of pies with sweet-looking lattice tops, and you can order the flavor you want. One client already ordered a pineapple pie. Then there are muffins, cookies, fruit bars, plain rolls, cinnamon rolls, mocha crinkles, and cherry dreams — almost too much stuff to choose from. The couple shares the job of baking. “At 5 a.m. I come in and do bread,” said Juanita. “I let it rise the first thing in the morning. By noon we can have fresh bread out.” Dennis arrives later and takes over. Juanita has a woman to help her with the baking. The Strites’ three children like to cook, too, but don’t have time because of school. Juanita’s mother baked a lot of pastries, especially pies, making a particularly good pecan pie at Christmas, according to her daughter. Juanita says with a confiding smile that she herself especially

Dennis Strite serves up fresh baked cinnamon rolls at Rise-n-Shine coffee shop and bakery in Deming. (Photo by Elva K. Österreich) Juanita and Dennis Strite at their new business, Risen-Shine, in Deming. (Photo by Marjorie Lilly)

likes to make coconut pies. “I’ve always liked to cook, until my sisters chased me out of the kitchen,” Dennis said, grinning, Every day there are different lunch soups for $2.50. “Monday is white cheddar chicken (“white” means made with Northern

beans); Tuesday, chicken taco; Wednesday is hearty hamburger stew; Thursday is white chicken chile; and Friday, taco soup,” Juanita said. “I wondered if the taco soups came from Mexico. I got it from Mennonite cookbooks.” The Strites are from south-central Pennsylvania. Juanita wears a dress down

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B L, with special brunch Sundays. DIANE’S RESTAURANT, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Fine dining (D), steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches (L), salads: Tuesday to Saturday L D, Sunday D only (family-style), weekend brunch.  DIANE’S BAKERY & DELI, The Hub, Suite A, Bullard St., 534-9229. Artisan breads, pastries, sandwiches, deli: Monday to Saturday B L early D, Sunday L.  DON JUAN’S BURRITOS, 418 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-5440. Mexican: B L.  DRIFTER PANCAKE HOUSE, 711 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-2916. Breakfast, American: B L, breakfast served throughout.  EL GALLO PINTO, 901 N. Hudson St., 597-4559. Mexican: Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday B L Thursday to Saturday B L D.  FORREST’S PIZZA, 601 N. Bullard St. Unit J. 388-1225. Tuesday to Friday L D, Slices only at lunch time. 

FRY HOUSE, 601 N. Bullard St. Suite C. 388-1964. GIL-A BEANS, 1304 N. Bennett St. Coffeeshop. GOLDEN STAR, 1602 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2323. Chinese: L D.  GRANDMA’S CAFÉ, 900 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2627. American, Mexican: B L.  GRINDER MILL, 403 W. College Ave., 538-3366. Mexican: B L D.  HEALTHY EATS, 303 E. 13th St., 534-9404. Sandwiches, burritos, salads, smoothies: L.  JALISCO CAFÉ, 100 S. Bullard St., 388-2060. Mexican. Monday to Saturday L D Sunday B.  JAVALINA COFFEE HOUSE, 117 Market St., 388-1350. Coffeehouse.  JUMPING CACTUS, 503 N. Bullard St. Coffeeshop, baked goods, sandwiches, wraps: B L.  KOUNTRY KITCHEN, 1700 Mountain View Road, 388-4512. Mexican: Monday to Sunday B L D.  LA COCINA RESTAURANT, 201 W.

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1ZERO6, 106 N. Texas St., 575-3134418. Pacific Rim, South East Asian, Oaxacan and Italian: Friday to Sunday D, by reservation only.  ADOBE SPRINGS CAFÉ, 1617 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-3665.  Breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches: Sunday B L, all week B L D. BURGERS & BROWNIES & BEER, OH MY! 619 N. Bullard St., 575-5976469. 

CAFÉ OSO AZUL AT BEAR MOUNTAIN LODGE, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538. B L, special D by reservation only. CHINESE PALACE, 1010 Highway 180E, 538-9300. Chinese: Monday to Friday L D.  COURTYARD CAFÉ, Gila Regional Medical Center, 538-4094. American:

to her calves and a white cotton bonnet. Dennis wears typical American clothes. In Pennsylvania, he did mostly agricultural work. He’s worked on a dairy farm, has done what he calls “animal nutrition,” and has worked at a grain elevator. When asked why they decided to move all the way to Deming, Dennis said, “For three reasons: We started a church here, we felt the Lord leading us, and I had an asthma condition, but that’s not a factor anymore.” A Mennonite church has been operating since October in the old Sunshine Elementary School five miles south of town. They use the cafeteria for their services. About seven Mennonite families, with a total of 35 people, make up the congregation. Something that distinguishes Mennonite church services is the lack of musical instruments. Instead, they sing acapella. Mennonites in Pennsylvania have their own private schools, and the ones here are already starting their classes in the same building. Right now, they have a few classes up to seventh grade. Math, reading, language (spelling and phonics), history, science, and the Bible are taught there. “It’s a Bible-based curriculum,” Juanita adds. Mennonite education usually goes up to about 10th grade. Rise-n-Shine is still very much a work in progress. “The biggest thing we’re working to put in is doughnuts, both fruit-filled and rings,” Dennis said. They’ve also been getting requests for burritos, but haven’t made any yet. The salad bar was not popular in the winter, but they may try that again soon, as it warms up. It’s a restaurant that will probably draw crowds. Rise-n-Shine can be reached at 575-5465245.

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College Ave., 388-8687. Mexican: L D. LA FAMILIA, 503 N. Hudson St., 388-4600. Mexican: Tuesday to Sunday B L D.  LA MEXICANA, Hwy. 180E and Memory Lane, 534-0142. Mexican and American: B L. 

5533. New Mexican cuisine: Monday to Thursday L, Friday L D. MILLIE’S BAKE HOUSE, 602 N. Bullard St., 597-2253. Soup, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and now serving barbecue on Saturdays: Tuesday to Saturday. NANCY’S SILVER CAFÉ, 514 N. Bullard St., 388-3480. Mexican: Monday to Saturday B L D.  THE PARLOR AT DIANE’S, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Burgers, sandwiches, homemade pizzas, paninis: Tuesday to Sunday L D.  PRETTY SWEET EMPORIUM, 312 N. Bullard St., 388-8600. Dessert, ice cream: Monday to Saturday.  Q’S SOUTHERN BISTRO AND BREWERY, 101 E. College Ave., 534-4401. American, steaks, barbecue, brewpub: Monday to Saturday L D.  SILVER BOWLING CENTER CAFÉ, 2020 Memory Lane, 538-3612. American, Mexican, hamburgers: L D. 

LITTLE TOAD CREEK BREWERY & DISTILLERY, 200 N. Bullard St., 956-6144. Burgers, wings, salads, fish, pasta, craft beers and cocktails: Monday to Sunday L D. MARKET CAFÉ, 614 Bullard St., 9566487.  Organic and vegetarian deli food. Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday) B L.  MEXICO VIEJO, Hwy. 90 and Broadway Mexican food stand: Monday to Saturday B L early D.  MI CASITA, 2340 Bosworth Dr., 538-

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