By: Calista Boggess
The Viking Keel opened on March 27. It is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but it is closed on Sunday. The Viking Keel is owned by Karan Michelle Jewel and Charlie Jewel. It was created by Michelle because of she wanted something that represented the Vikings and showed community spirit. The idea that the business would be Viking themed came up be cause of the location.
There is little for people at Ripley to do so the Jewels believed that it would benefit everyone and allow a place where students can do homework after school and hangout. There is an even amount of adults and students that eat there so it is a place for everyone.
“The community has rallied around Ripley small businesses and they come in to support the new business and they came in toward the new business and we’re very pleased that something opened that caters toward the students and adults that’s is Viking themed,” said Charlie Jewel.
There are coffee drinks, teas, floats, and other regular drinks sold. Desserts, breakfast pastries and yummy treats are also available. For lunch or dinner there are soups, salads, a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, corn dogs, peperoni rolls, and many more. The Viking keel is fairly cheap.
The Viking Keel has been successful since opening, and so far the Jewels have not hired anyone except their son Casey Jewel. Michelle is in the process of hiring students for the summer though.