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Preview Day: April 28th, 2012

It had been YEARS in the making – really. Draft after draft of our business plan. Meeting after meeting with mentors and friends and advisors. Denial and denial with bank and SBA on loans. We got knocked down. We got up. We worked on this dream day in and day out. Everyday. For years. It was late April and we were behind our target open date – as you would expect. We had to get opened and we had to do it ASAP. I was in Reno, NV helping my pals at Old World Coffee launch their new coffee catering…

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Why call it EVOKE?

The Definition Probably one of the questions I get more than any other is why we called it EVOKE. What does that even mean? Is that a good name for a coffee company? Coffee isn’t in the name….. I’ve heard it all! When we set out to build this company, we wanted it to mean more to people than just a place to grab a cappuccino or espresso. We wanted to challenge thought, action, and comfort when it came to ideas and creation. When we set out to build Cafe Evoke, we wanted it to feel different. There are actually…

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9:02a – April 19th, 1995

We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.® Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum It was Wednesday, April 19th, 1995. I was sitting in Mr. Barnes 6th Grade science class at Oakdale School. His room was at the end of the hall with the black door across from Mrs. Harkins. I was sitting at the middle table in front of the chalk board. We were making caramel out of cubes of sugar. That’s…

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I Grew Up On Nashville Coffee

That is strange to write actually but it is true. I grew up on Nashville Coffee. When people find out I am (or was) in the coffee business, it always comes up: How did you get in to coffee?? That would take about 94 posts to cover but the other day, it occurred to me that I really “got into coffee” while I was in Nashville. It was my first taste of coffee shops, culture, ideas, style, and what I wanted to do when I grew up. It is important to remember that back in 2000, there really wasn’t much…

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What’s Your Morning Routine? It matters!

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” Lemony Snicket No seriously. What is your morning routine? I’d love to hear about it! For real. Let’s get open and honest about how we are starting our days. Shoot me a message or leave a comment below. What I’ve learned over the past few months while working on mine? It helps to have it out in the open! Hell, we can even hook up on social media and keep each other accountable. Your…

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Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over One Day…

…or two. You deserve better treatment! I’ve been doing my best to “be on” everyday while sheltering here at home. While it often feels like I’m being more productive than ever, that my content is better than ever, that my health is better than ever, some days can feel like a huge drag. Like a weight is keeping me underwater. No progress. I have a schedule I’m trying to keep. I have 3 kids at home I’m trying to entertain. I have a business I’m trying to run with my wife as she is trying to keep the house and…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 3

(Here is the final segment to this series on being brave enough to tell your story. If you missed any of the others, catch part 1 and part 2 before reading!) For days after that, I felt a bit lost. Were we doing the right thing? Was this the place for us? Were we strong enough to be a leader in this environment? Were we really prepared? After a few days, it clicked. Yes. We were all of those things and we could do this. We stood up to the firing squad. We asked for feedback and were willing to…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 2

(Thanks for reading! This is part 2 of a quick mini series on one of the most humbling “storytelling” sessions I ever had to do. If you did not catch Part 1, go read that here!) And here we go… Thanks for continuing to follow me through this! While I wasn’t intending to give a huge backstory of the Bozeman Mill District or the Northeast Neighborhood Association, it seemed necessary before getting into the meat of what I really want to talk about: being brave enough to tell your story. If you remember, we left off with this idea that…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 1

(Entertain me for a few days with this one. As I began writing, I realized that this was WAY to much for 1 post and it needed quite a bit of back story and history to get the point across! So, mini series time!) When we were living in Bozeman, Montana trying to open EVOKE in the early years, 2005ish, we found ourselves eyeing a part of town that was somewhat a fighting grounds between the long term residence, the City of Bozeman, and new businesses and developers like us. The city was growing rapidly, even then, and the boundaries…

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