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Temple News Agency

LaPorte, Indiana's favorite coffee shop, cafe, and ice cream parlor.

Located at 816 Jefferson Ave in LaPorte, Temple News Agency proudly serves specialty coffee and espresso drinks made with Intelligentsia Coffee, hand dipped ice cream cones, cups, and milkshakes from Sherman's Ice Cream, pastries, and lunch and breakfast specials, including vegan options.

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A Brief History of Temple News Agency

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The Beginning

Temple News Agency first opened in 1918 as the Chicago News Agency at 814 Jefferson Avenue, owned by Albert H. Voras in the Masonic Temple in LaPorte, IN.

1918
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Questionable Name

Listed as "Union News Co, N Y C Depot" in Smith's Directory of LaPorte, IN 1924-1925

excerpt from Smith's Directory of LaPorte

1925
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A Slight Move

By 1926, the Chicago News Agency's address had changed to 816 Jefferson Ave, the same address Temple has today.

1926
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Partnership

In 1929, Voras took on a partner, Wilbur Flickinger, with Wilbur's sister Esther working in the shop as a clerk. At this time the name was changed to the LaPorte News Agency.

1929
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The Name Change

In 1931, the name was listed for the first time as Temple News Agency alongside LaPorte News Agency

1931
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50 Years Later...

Esther Flickinger owned Temple for over 50 years, selling it in 1982. During this time additional goods were added to the newspapers.

1982
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Remeber the 80s?

Temple changed hands a few times in the 1980s. This period saw the addition of an old fashioned soda fountain and ice cream.

1982-1994
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The Sitar Years

In 1994, Michael Sitar purchased Temple News Agency and began serving food and coffee, selling more magazines, and hosting live events like poetry reading, open mic nights, and live music.

This period also saw walls being broken down as Temple expanded into the space at 818 Jefferson, offering more seating for patrons and events.

Mike Sitar standing outside of Temple

1994
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A New Hope

Joe and Haley Whicker take the helm of Temple News Agency, introducing Intelligentsia coffee, more specialty drinks, and a new feel.

Joe Whicker standing inside Temple

2013
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Now

In Temple's 100th year, J.D. and Jennifer Flynn take over, focusing on making the best coffee and scooping the best ice cream in town. With the support of the community and a great staff, the Flynns look forward to many years of both carrying the legacy, and taking Temple News Agency into its next 100 years.

Jennifer and J.D. Flynn standing outside Temple

2018

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