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DK’s Coffee & Ice Cream: “We like to treat people right and build something”

Ashley Flak, Darren Welch, and Kayla Ganzert pose in front of DK’s beverage station

Ashley Flak, Darren Welch, and Kayla Ganzert pose in front of DK’s beverage station.

Darren Welch emigrated to the United States from Australia 27 years ago, and moved to Mineral after marrying his wife, Karen Welch, Executive Director of the Louisa Arts Center.

A year ago, harboring a life-long dream of owning a drive-thru coffee shop, he sold his decade-old Northern Virginia-based concrete company and got to work opening DK’s Coffee & Ice Cream, which opened on December 12, 2022.

DK’s beloved sausage rolls

DK’s beloved sausage rolls.

Chocolate muffins topped with strawberries

Chocolate muffins topped with strawberries.

A beverage garnished with the letters DK

A beverage garnished with the letters DK.


Leah Coffey is a part-time reporter. As one of The CV’s weekly contributors, Coffey originates story ideas, interviews subjects, and writes community focused articles.

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