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Coffee shop gets surprise visit from the first lady

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to campaign volunteers during a stop in Henderson Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

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First lady Michelle Obama orders an iced tea from Ria Farmer at Sunrise Coffee Shop during a campaign stop in Henderson Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Launch slideshow »

First lady Michelle Obama rallies supporters

KSNV reports that first lady Michelle Obama rallies grass-roots supporters at her speech on Tuesday at the Henderson Convention Center, June 19.

Sunrise Coffee

Before first lady Michelle Obama fired up a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters and before she approached the podium at the Henderson Convention Center, she went to Sunrise Coffee.

The stop bewildered store Manager Ria Farmer. It had been a pretty slow Tuesday, with only a few customers trickling in and out. She didn’t even know Obama was going to be in town, let alone why she’d come to Sunrise Coffee, located at 3130 E. Sunset Road. Yet, at 3:30, 15 minutes before Obama's arrival, Farmer was told she’d be having an unexpected visitor.

“We were excited, and no one knew what to expect,” Farmer, 19, said.

When Obama arrived, Farmer greeted her at the cash register. The two spoke about each other's days and the 100-degree heat, which Farmer informed the first lady wasn’t that hot for Las Vegas. Obama then ordered two small passion fruit iced teas and spoke with some customers.

Then, after posing for a few cellphone pictures, she was gone. Farmer went back to having a slow Tuesday afternoon. Since the visit, however, she said the coffee house’s popularity boosted on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.

Farmer said she expects to see an up-tick in business at the coffee house for the next few days.

“Just judging by how many comments people will see online," she said. "I have friends from out of state texting me saying, ‘Dude, Michelle Obama was at your coffee shop.’ So hopefully (there will be an increase in business).”

Farmer said the experience met her expectations.

“She was very nice. I like her,” she said.

Still, Farmer’s just glad she doesn’t have to deal with the aftermath. She just plans to leave a note to warn the next manager.

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  1. Stopping by on her way to picking up the union skim or after??

  2. Who cares where Michelle eats - this is just boring....
    There are too many other great places to go - so it just shows that she knows nothing about the area. So be it - yeah, your friends might show up (but they should be already if you are working there). This article was utter dribble.

    Who cares....no one.

  3. Sounds like Michelle also ordered heavily sweet tea given what she ordered - you should not have served this to her unless she asked for ice tea without sugar. What a two faced idiot Michelle is - do as she says not as she does.....
    Does your place heavily sugar their tea - that is just plain icky.

  4. Number of people who commented here are 2 - is your place so lacking in customers as you call that an uptick in business...

  5. When the President came out here last year, he stopped by a long time established local restaurant at the last minute (one of several stops he made that day that were NOT planned). The owners said that about an hour before Obama walked in they got a phone call asking if they had this particular food item the restaurant is known for (I think it was a pie, but not sure) and the owners said yes they had it and thought nothing else of it. The only inkling the patrons and the owners had that someone famous was coming in was 5 minutes before Obama's arrival, about 5 guys came in with suits on (no big deal in itself). Five minutes later the President walked in!! When interviewed on the news that night, some of the patrons even said they did not vote for him but just the thought of the Leader of the Free World walking in on their regular joint was very impressive. And kinda exciting!!

    Another unscheduled stop was at a high school football field where the team was practicing. They interviewed the kids and coaches and all were totally surprised that the President was there! They were doing drills on the field when this bus pulled up and out walked the President and his entourage. Also that same trip, everyone knew the main highway would be blocked off, but not the time. Everyone figured the same would happen on his way back to the airport, but he fooled everyone. The Presidential bus took rural roads to all the places he ended up at. Again,if the route is unknown, very little threat involved.

    Look at it this way: if a weirdo has no idea the President is going to end up in some small Midwestern town to watch a high school football team practice or a local restaurant - where is the threat? So these things are not totally planned in advance - just a short period of time just so the Secret Service can checks things out.