Dream|a|Latte

dared to start a coffee shop & dreaming on


I love pictures. I appreciate having something tangible to take hold of, to mark milestones or to capture memories, especially during life’s crazy transitions. I can thank our lovely cousin Violet Odnoralova for coming in to take pictures of us at SONDER during our first week being open. Looking back, I realize even in a short few months we’ve learned so much, have gotten more of a rhythm together, and worked out various...

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Starting any business involves feeling the pressures of the industry. In the coffee world, there can be a number of big or small demands: elaborate latte art, profound tasting notes, entertaining social media, tight branding, or other fanciness and trends. Some coffee shops throw it all to the wind for whatever reason, but then risk falling short of customer expectations or becoming outdated. Is there a balance between these extremes?...

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What a year! Just in these past twelve months you’ve seen us find a location and sign a coffee shop lease, then spend all summer designing and building out what is now SONDER Coffee & Tea. Our lives have forever changed and this year will never be forgotten. It’s definitely a cause worthy of celebration. Our Christmastime decor was up for the season, but New Years Eve it all came down to get ready for 2017. We love a...

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Between it being our first couple months and the holiday craze, I haven’t had much time to sit down and process owning a coffee shop. We’ve been settling into a consistent rhythm, learning more about coffee, meeting our community, and also thinking about our future plans as a shop– already! I was almost too overwhelmed with it all to decorate for the holidays, but my friend Deb from Home Spice gave me a hand! We were...

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Up until now on Dream|a|Latte, our tagline was “daring and dreaming of starting a coffee shop.” All of our adventures pursuing our “dream” have been shared on this blog since the birth of the idea on day one, to our Grand Opening, posted a month after our grand opening day! If you told me the initial goal of Dream|a|Latte would be met upon writing those first posts, I would’ve hardly believed it. Starting...

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Saturday, September 24 we opened SONDER Coffee softly to celebrate with and serve our friends and family. We were so thankful to be sharing the beginning of a dream with those who had contributed to our success in their own ways throughout this challenging and rewarding year, supporting us with encouragement, advice, prayers, help, friendship, and mentorship to say the least. We made our first drinks, and for the first time saw SONDER...

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Where do I begin to explain what has unraveled before my eyes this past year? I’m not even going to start! From day one of daring to dream of a coffee shop, to traveling to Northern Europe for inspiration, getting my first barista job, taking a summer to write a business plan, then finding an actual location and seeing our vision develop, especially throughout the crazy build out process… here we are! These steps, little...

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Can you believe we made it this far? This last week of build out was so packed and amazingly productive. There were ups and downs, but looking back all that matters is that we made it! We had a goal to soft open for a friends and family night at the end of the week, but still had to finish last minute things. Some built out and decor, then getting our occupancy licenses and food/beverage license based on final inspections from the...

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We’re so close… thanks to all of you for bearing with me on our build out posts, because there’s nothing else my brain can handle to post about. Every day is building something, cleaning, ordering, managing, planning, installing, prepping– something and the work never stops! We’re hoping to open within a couple weeks, and things have taken longer than expected with contractors and keeping on schedule, but...

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And we’re closer! We’re almost there… although there have been some delays (we’ve had to wait on our contractors for various reasons), we’re still progress. As my cousin Anetta put it, “that’s why it’s taking so long, you’re doing EVERYTHING yourselves!”–yup, that’s pretty much how it goes. Custom cabinetry, furniture, decor… and we’re heading it all....

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