Dream|a|Latte

dared to start a coffee shop & dreaming on


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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SONDER Build Out Week 7 We ended the previous week mid-pineapple-wall paper. The how-to videos on their website made it look so easy, but here’s a peek of how it really went down– tight corners, funny edges, a couple re-dos, and it took a some pieces to really get the hang of it. But the result is well worth it. Just the meaningful charm I needed for these bathrooms! Shout to friends willing to get that close 🙂 PC: Liz...

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Happy Birthday Pop!! In honor of his birthday, we’re continuing this years theme with a mini-interview to get to know him a little more and see his perspective in starting SONDER Coffee. Pop- on starting a coffee shop We learned that Ernest is a man of few words, but Pop is actually even more so! This guy is totally mellow, zen, chill, but really hard working and ambitious. He owns/runs/works at two thai restaurants with his...

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I’ve gotten behind on posting; there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all there is to get done! It’s harder to be mindful on the quantitative part of documenting this process when you get lost in the whirlwind of everything else going on. I’ve combined these past two weeks in one post, noting the fact that it’s also easier to take pictures of the fun side of things, because it’s just more...

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It was pretty fun creating our menu, but I have to admit I keep putting off pricing our menu. It’s intimidating giving things a quantifiable value and not knowing how customers will respond to it. Is there a right or wrong? People put so much emphasis on price and profit in business that no one wants to under or overvalue themselves. Well, I finally went through all the research I collected on pricing a menu for our coffee shop...

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SONDER Build Out Week 4 Is it week four of SONDER build out already? Let’s start off with introducing a piece of equipment we’re super excited to use: our 3-head tap tower for nitro coffee and kombucha! Bar Build-Out But the work for the majority of the week was the bar. As our contractors were continuing on electrical, plumbing and drywall, we focused on the bar– to which Ernest and Mike built the frame in last...

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