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411 Fraine Barracks Road
Bismarck, ND, 58504

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

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Coffee + Community is our Dream

Brian Jackson

I remember sitting in my high school classroom, doodling about what I wanted my future coffee shop to look like. Drawing the tables, the counters, the whole layout…it became a bit of an obsession really. I carried that dream with me into college while I earned a degree in Mass Communications, further developing my love for planning events, surrounding myself with creative and passionate people, learning the importance of community and falling in love with my now husband, DJ Kramer.

DJ and I learned early in our relationship that we had a similar passion for operating a small business. While in Business school he designed a small business plan that he often dreamed of and was so excited about, he contemplated dropping out of college to pursue it.

Our love for coffee and the coffee community grows daily with everything we learn, everything we experience. In college, you could often find us in the corner of our favorite coffee shops. While living in Oregon we developed a love for fresh roasted coffee. Every time we travel, we make it a point to try a new coffee house and see what kind of beans they are filling their cups with. We love every aspect of the coffee world, and we are so excited to pursue it daily.

Our love of community, coffee and adventure collided into this huge dream that we could never stop talking about. Every life decision we made, one of our first thoughts would always be, “How will that help us open a coffee shop one day?”

Sitting in the corner of a quaint coffee shop in Oregon last July, DJ and I were going over an email draft we were about to send to some guy named Brian Jackson. We knew the email was going to be a little random and we didn’t quite know what to say. We shared our vision, tried to put our passions in to words, said a little prayer and hit send.

Brian was quick to get back to us and we started the conversation about what it might look like for us to partner together to bring all of our dreams to life.

Fast forward to the present, the night before our shops soft opening, Brian pulls up the email we sent him. We laughed about how strange it sounded going back into that moment, not knowing each other to how our friendship has grown and how our dreams have been changing into a reality. We all laughed in amazement when we realized that the email we sent was exactly a year ago to the date we opened the shop. DJ and I laughed about how we came back with the mindset, “we will pursue this dream with all we have for a year.” God’s funny that way. All the confusion, excitement, tears, joys and conversations that have been had are just the beginning of something big. We are so excited to see what is in store!

DJ and I have a deep love for people. We want the Mighty Missouri Coffee Company storefront to be a place where all people feel welcomed and loved, as if you’re stepping into a loved one’s home.

Every conversation you have with someone, we believe you leave that conversation changed. Our best conversations have included two cups of coffee in between. There is something so sacred about being intentional in the daily routines. We would be honored to be one of the first people you see to start the day, putting that great cup of coffee in your hand, telling you to have a good day, and truly looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

 

Cheers,

JamieLee & DJ Kramer

Eric Hawronsky, Owner and Head Baker at B.C. Bagels

Brian Jackson

Eric Hawronsky, Owner and Head Baker at B.C. Bagels, a New-York style bagel shop in the Gateway Mall in Bismarck. 

Eric Hawronsky, Owner and Head Baker at B.C. Bagels, a New-York style bagel shop in the Gateway Mall in Bismarck. 

Mighty Missouri Coffee is proud to partner with some great shops and wonderful people. In this series, we're interviewing the folks behind some of those cafes. If you love local, be sure to support them!

 Where did the idea for B.C. Bagels come from?

A friend of mine actually came up with it. I Liked the way it sounded and means "before the common era." It fit my way of hand making everything with real ingredients.

B.C. Bagels seems to have begun at the cutting edge of a local specialty foods movement in Bismarck. What can you tell me about creating specialty foods in Bismarck?

At the time, Bismarck was really lacking in specialty foods and I tried to fill as many gaps as I could. We started real bagels, a juice bar and high-end single origin dark chocolate. 

What has been the highlight of your venture so far?

The smiles on peoples faces as they enjoy a real bagel for the first time.

If you could go back in time and talk to yourself when B.C. Bagels was only one week old, what would you say?

Be patient and don't make hasty decisions.

Do you have any advice for people who have a big dream?

If you're going to take risks, don't put one foot in. Jump in with both feet and make it happen.

Has being part of a North Dakotan community fostered the growth of your venture? If so, how?

NY Style bagels are new to the area and people seem to find it interesting that a ND born boy became a NY style bagel maker. It's drawn more interest to my shop.

What has been your biggest challenge in your startup, and how have you worked to overcome that challenge?

Finding funding to get everything off the ground. I've found ways to save and buy used equipment to get around those hurdles.

What is the best way to turn a dream of starting something into action?

Quit thinking about it and start today. There will always be a tomorrow and another day that it won't happen. Just go for it.

What are you listening to/reading right now?

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

 

You can find B.C. Bagels in the Gateway Mall in Bismarck at 2700 State Street. 

Online: bc-bagels.com
facebook.com/bcbagels

Sandy and Matt McMerty | The Gifted Bean Coffee House

Brian Jackson

Sandy McMerty on training day at The Gifted Bean Coffee House, located inside the Bismarck Public Library.

Sandy McMerty on training day at The Gifted Bean Coffee House, located inside the Bismarck Public Library.

Mighty Missouri Coffee is proud to partner with some great shops and wonderful people. In this series, we're interviewing the folks behind some of those cafes. If you love local, be sure to support them!

How did you get into coffee?
It was a happy accident and really happened in about 3 weeks’ time. We had been talking about finding an opportunity that could someday be a viable business/workplace for our son with Down syndrome. The library coffee shop has been part of those discussions and after a quick ask of the previous owners, what we thought might be a couple years down the road, was three weeks away and we thought … “Why not?” So, we took a deep breath and jumped into the coffee business.

On the tables at the Gifted Bean, you have a piece of paper with a “Big Dream.” Can you tell me about that?
The Gifted Bean Coffee House truly is the small start to a BIG dream. We look at job options for individuals with disabilities in the community and are somewhat disheartened by the limitations we seem to have set on them. Our dream is really that “Every Bean (human ‘beans too) is special.” This means we hope that Cristian (our now 14-year old) will someday own this business and that it will employ individuals of many abilities.  

"We're learning a lot about coffee,
but also about not being afraid
to chase a dream that many
would think is unattainable."

What has been the highlight of your coffee venture so far?
The fact that we’re in action, not just talking about this idea we’ve had since a baby with extra chromosomes entered our world. We’re learning a lot about coffee, but also about not being afraid to chase a dream that many would think is unattainable. We learned that you can be inspirational while being scared. And, that we like coffee as much a year later as we did when we started this BIG dream. 

From one big dreamer to another, what can you tell me about overcoming challenges to pursue big dreams?
It isn’t easy being a person who sees something others cannot. Sometimes you have to take bold steps, in our case caffeinated steps, to see if something will work. When faced with many of the challenges we’ve had as a family and in this business, we often ask, “What do we risk by not trying at all?” In the end, we decided that with this dream of our child with Down syndrome being a business owner, we’d rather try and fail then to never have tried at all. And who knows, success could be right there waiting for someone bold enough to approach it. 

If you could go back in time and talk to yourself one week into your venture, what would you say?
What the heck were you thinking?! Actually, I think we would tell us to hang on and know that what feels like chaos now might actually feel normal in the near future.


A lot of people who start something big have some outlets – music, sports… what are some of yours?
We were a busy family before the coffee shop and that hasn’t changed. We camp. We get out in the community. We’re active with Designer Genes – the local Down syndrome support network. We both have full-time jobs outside of coffee and kids in sports. Sleeping is our outlet.  

"We learned that you
can be inspirational
while being scared."

What would you tell someone who wants to pursue a big dream?

Make the decision yours. Start somewhere. -- Our big dream happened so quickly we barely had time to think, much less ask others for their opinion. We’re certain if we had sought those opinions they would have told us we were crazy. They’d have been right, but we now know that we kind of like crazy and we may not have been as brave as we were.

Has being part of a North Dakotan community fostered the growth of your venture? If so, how? 

Absolutely. None of this dream will work without community support, which is why we love our relationship with Mighty Missouri. (Keeping it in the community!) First, we need people to want to visit the shop and buy our products to support the idea of employment for individuals with unique talents. Ideally, we’d like to create an environment where we have individuals with disabilities on staff, and for any who would need extra assistance to complete their work we’d have community volunteers supporting them. The idea is to have places in our community where individuals of unique talents are valued and have meaningful work and a place to hang out. Perhaps we’ll inspire more places in North Dakota that do just that.

What are you listening to/reading right now?
 Sandy just finished The Alchemist and Matt is into The Lewis Man. We tend to read a little bit of everything. As for music, it's pretty wide ranging from classical to bluegrass and all the way to rock and metal.

Thank you! …Is there anything you’d like to add?
This really is our small start to the BIG dream. We thank everyone who has supported The Gifted Bean Coffee House so far and hope you will continue to in the future. Our gratitude is as big as the adventure we set out on, and we thank all those who have made even the smallest portions of this dream a reality. 

You can learn more about The Gifted Bean Coffee House at:
Facebook.com/TheGiftedBean