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Mighty Missouri Coffee Co., LLC is a specialty craft coffee roasterie in Bismarck, ND. 

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What Really Happens When You Step Inside a Small Business

Brian Jackson

Photography by: Jadea Sommer (Glasser Images)

Photography by: Jadea Sommer (Glasser Images)

It has been said that a business is a reflection of the owners. We have found that to be true is many ways. When we opened our first location inside Epic Sports, we had to take a step back and soak it all in what was actually happening when we were opening our doors. Our location is inside a bike shop, along the Missouri River, partnering along side our friends.

What is really happening when you step inside a small business? You are getting a glimpse into the owner’s heart. You are seeing, feeling and experiencing everything that they value as important. When you step into our Epic Sports location, our hope is that you see that life is an adventure. Find that thing that makes your heart beat a little faster. Whether that is bikes, coffee, being outside, sitting down and getting to know people or anything in between; we want to be on your team cheering you on! Our hope is that when you walk into Mighty Missouri Coffee Company you feel that you are cared for. We hope that you see this in the way that we truly want to know what is going on in your life. We love when customers belly-up to the bar for a good conversation. We hope that you feel welcomed as if you were walking into a loved one's home, that you feel comfortable to sit at one of the tables with your book and escape the world for a little while. Or, that you feel safe enough to gather around our tables and have conversations here. That is something I have always loved about coffee shops. The second I walk into a good coffee shop, I can hear the rumblings of one of those life changing conversations. Coffee shops are a gathering place, a place where you should feel welcome to come, experience life together.

Opening our second location inside the YMCA is kind of one of those full circle moments for Brian, DJ and I. Brian has spent countless hours in the lap pool, a place where he finds so much peace. DJ has grown up at the YMCA; starting in preschool, all the way to working at the YMCA during his high school and college years. I, as well, have many memories at the YMCA.  From swimming in the pools as a child, to running around on the basketball court, to my high school years of attending every work out class that I possibly could.

It is so fun to see how time unfolds and that we would be opening our Mighty Missouri Coffee Company location number 2 in a building that is so close to our hearts. Partnering with a business that we love and can align our core values with theirs. We hope when you walk into our YMCA location that you can feel the love and the prayers throughout generations. We hope that what you see in our hearts as owners is that we want you to come, gather, learn and experience life together.  

Cheers,

JamieLee

Young Life CAMPing Mugs

Brian Jackson

CAMPing Mugs can be purchased online or at the Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. storefront in Bismarck. 

CAMPing Mugs can be purchased online or at the Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. storefront in Bismarck. 

Young Life is a Christian Ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged kids. Volunteer adult leaders give their time to reach out to kids who may need a friend, guidance and to be someone who can answer the hard questions.

Young Life holds a huge place in my heart. I started going to Young Life in middle school shortly after my brother passed away. Having my Young Life leaders to confide in truly changed my life in every way and made me the person I am today. They were there to answer every hard question I had and helped me get through some of the hardest years of my life. My Young Life leaders are still a part of my life and always one of the first people I reach out to when I need guidance. 

DJ and I love Young Life’s Mission. DJ lived in Nepal working with Young Life and reaching out to kids, we got engaged at Castaway Camp, and we lived on a Young Life camp in Oregon working on property staff for our first year of marriage. Young Life has changed our lives in so many ways we love being able to help change the lives of kids and young adults.

Adult leaders bring kids on a week-long adventure where they will enjoy activities like rock climbing, zip lining, outdoor games and listening to a camp speaker share a life-changing message.

When you purchase one of our Young Life CAMPing Mugs, part of the proceeds will go to helping kids who cannot afford the full cost of camp.

This year campers will be headed to Castaway Camp near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota for the best week of their lives!

We asked Dan Eastgate, the Young Life Area Director for Bismarck-Mandan a few questions.

Q:What is the best part about Castaway Young Life Camp?

Dan: It sounds cliché but Castaway has too many "best parts" to name just one.  Of course all of the adventure everyone gets to experience: parasailing, scaling the climbing wall, sailing a HobieCat, and zip lining 900 feet into Pelican Lake!  Playing a round of Frisbee golf, eating ice cream at the "Seabreeze", hanging in the hot tub and laying around in a hammock.  Going to camp with your oldest friends, and meeting new friends from your own school and from other communities across the US.  Lastly, 400 plus kids trying to literally rip the doors off to rush into club with all their friends to take part in a huge, hour long "party with a purpose!" simply called Club. Once inside Club, kids will laugh harder, sing (SCREAM) songs louder, and get to hear the most amazing love story ever told...Jesus' love for all of them.

And of course we can't talk about Castaway without mentioning the legendary BIG COOKIE!

Q:How many kids will be going to camp this year from Bismarck-Mandan?

Dan: Between, Young Life, WyldLife (middle school), and YoungLives (YL ministry to teen moms) we are hoping and praying for 70-80 teens to attend Castaway with us this summer.

Q: When kids get back from camp, what is one thing they talk about the most?

Dan: Kids repeatedly say Young Life camp is one of the best week's of their life! The week at camp kids are free to be kids.  They have more fun than ever, make better and deeper friendships, and are given a chance to consider for themselves God, life, and their place in the world.  Every year on the bus ride home we hear kids saying "I love this place and I want to go back!”

Q: Along with purchasing a CAMPing Mug, how could someone help a kid get to camp this summer?

Dan: Bismarck-Mandan YL will never allow finances to stop a teenager from attending Young Life camp.  We faithfully fundraise and are looking for generous donors to help us provide "Camperships" for kids in need.  No way around it, YL camp has a cost, but the experience is priceless.

Q: Describe Young Life summer camp in one sentence.

Dan: Better experienced than explained. Get on the bus!

Q: If someone wants to get involved with Young Life, what is the best way to do that?

Dan:  Go to YL club, go to YL camp, bring a friend, trust us it'll be fun. Follow @bismanyl on Instagram to find out all the goings on, or go old school and call Area Director Dan Eastgate at701-220-6878

To find more info on Bismarck-Mandan Young Life visit their website at:

https://bismarckmandan.younglife.org/Pages/default.aspx

Or, go old school and call Dan Eastgate at: 701-220-6878

 

Cheers,

JamieLee

Small Business, Big Dreams

Brian Jackson

Photo Credit: Hailey Whitman There is a difference between twisting your dreams and trusting your dreams. Twisting your dreams and trying to make it go one way or another, to make it fit in this box of comfort and ease. To have 1 + 1 always equal 2 and to know that the lovely number of X will be in your bank account on the 25th of every month. (Cue the palm trees and sunny beach). Trusting your dreams looks a little different. Trusting in your discomfort and flying by the seat of your pants. Looking at the problem and not quite understanding how 1 + 1 equals 7, because it just doesn’t make sense. Trusting your dreams feels a lot like setting out on your kayak without knowing where your paddle is. It might be on the boat. Or under the boat. Or on your friends boat next to you. Or maybe it’s at home in the garage… We love our kayaks. Life in the kayak with a the paddle in hand is good. It’s really good. Want to make the boat go right? Dig your left side in. Want to stop moving for a moment? Paddle to the shore 20 feet ahead. Take a load off, stay awhile. Life in a kayak without quite knowing where your paddle is can be scary at times. But it can also be really fun. It’s in the moments of getting creative with how to keep moving forward. It’s in the moments of asking your friends next to you if they see it. It’s in the moments when your boat turned backwards, yet somehow you’re still moving forward. We have never been in this kayak. But we are trusting we are going to love the journey. Learning from our mistakes, finding our paddle, losing our paddle, finding our paddle again. Sometimes we might land on shore. Other times we will have to ask a friend if they see our paddle. Or if we can borrow theirs. That’s the trusting of it. The adventure of it. We are so excited to announce that we are officially co-owners of Mighty Missouri Coffee Company’s store front. We couldn’t ask for a better business partner than Brian Jackson. Brian is the kind of guy who you can send and out-of-no-where email to filled with your dreams and visions and his first answer will be, “How can I help?” We know. We did it. Mighty Missouri Coffee Company is more than just coffee and good food. We love the stage that the coffee world sets. It allows us to pursue our biggest passion: people. When you pursue people, when you experience life together, when you have that life changing conversation that involves two cups of coffee in between you…the coffee is a big plus. But it’s the person across the table from you, that’s what this life is all about. How sweet it is to see our dreams becoming a reality. It is such an honor to be on this journey with you. You are not just our customers, we deeply want you to know that you’re our friends. We wouldn’t be here without you. Cheers, JamieLee + DJ Kramer

Photo Credit: Hailey Whitman

There is a difference between twisting your dreams and trusting your dreams.

Twisting your dreams and trying to make it go one way or another, to make it fit in this box of comfort and ease. To have 1 + 1 always equal 2 and to know that the lovely number of X will be in your bank account on the 25th of every month. (Cue the palm trees and sunny beach).

Trusting your dreams looks a little different. Trusting in your discomfort and flying by the seat of your pants. Looking at the problem and not quite understanding how 1 + 1 equals 7, because it just doesn’t make sense.

Trusting your dreams feels a lot like setting out on your kayak without knowing where your paddle is. It might be on the boat. Or under the boat. Or on your friends boat next to you. Or maybe it’s at home in the garage…

We love our kayaks. Life in the kayak with a the paddle in hand is good. It’s really good. Want to make the boat go right? Dig your left side in. Want to stop moving for a moment? Paddle to the shore 20 feet ahead. Take a load off, stay awhile.

Life in a kayak without quite knowing where your paddle is can be scary at times. But it can also be really fun. It’s in the moments of getting creative with how to keep moving forward. It’s in the moments of asking your friends next to you if they see it. It’s in the moments when your boat turned backwards, yet somehow you’re still moving forward.

We have never been in this kayak. But we are trusting we are going to love the journey. Learning from our mistakes, finding our paddle, losing our paddle, finding our paddle again. Sometimes we might land on shore. Other times we will have to ask a friend if they see our paddle. Or if we can borrow theirs. That’s the trusting of it. The adventure of it.

We are so excited to announce that we are officially co-owners of Mighty Missouri Coffee Company’s store front. We couldn’t ask for a better business partner than Brian Jackson. Brian is the kind of guy who you can send and out-of-no-where email to filled with your dreams and visions and his first answer will be, “How can I help?” We know. We did it.

Mighty Missouri Coffee Company is more than just coffee and good food. We love the stage that the coffee world sets. It allows us to pursue our biggest passion: people. When you pursue people, when you experience life together, when you have that life changing conversation that involves two cups of coffee in between you…the coffee is a big plus. But it’s the person across the table from you, that’s what this life is all about.

How sweet it is to see our dreams becoming a reality. It is such an honor to be on this journey with you. You are not just our customers, we deeply want you to know that you’re our friends. We wouldn’t be here without you.

Cheers,

JamieLee + DJ Kramer