A new beginning…

AFTER A YEAR OF NO’S I GOT ONE YES THAT CHANGED IT ALL FOR ME. I got a text from a good friend, owner of Adored Vintage, AND IT READ…

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I got a text from a good friend, owner of Adored Vintage, AND IT READ, "JUST SIGNED A LEASE ON A NEW SPACE, WONDERING IF YOU HAVE PLANS OF DOING COFFEE/BAKE POP UPS? COULD BE A GOOD WAY TO GET THE BALL ROLLING for your business.”

She, was one of the few people who knew that I had spent the better part of 2018 trying to open a brick and mortar coffee shop in my neighborhood. Weekly she would hear about my successes and failures along the way; “I got a grant!” “I can’t find a loan” “I found a loan!” and then finally when it all came to a screeching halt “I’ve lost my job.”

At the beginning of 2019 I lost my job which made it impossible for me to secure funding. It was devastating, but not for the usual reasons. I knew it was ok. My husband and I have done this before. It was devastating because I had finally felt like It was the right time to go really hard after a dream and then I failed. I couldn’t make it happen. 

I couldn’t make it happen

JUST AS I CONVINCED MYSELF THAT MY INTUITION MUST HAVE BEEN WRONG and my plans were better suited for many years down the road, I got that text. And in my excitement I asked no questions and responded “YESSS.” (I know, I know, I’m so sophisticated)

A few days later we met up and our ideas began to evolve. What was going to be an occasional pop up became a fully functioning cafe in her soon-to-open concept shop. Our ideas on fostering community, hospitality, and service we’re so inline I couldn’t tell where hers ended and mine started. 

After leaving that night on my way home, I realized I didn’t even ask where exactly the new space was. I text her the next day for the address and when she responded I got butterflies.

AFTER LEAVING THAT NIGHT ON MY WAY HOME, I REALIZED I DIDN’T EVEN ASK WHERE EXACTLY THE NEW SPACE WAS. I TEXT HER THE NEXT DAY FOR THE ADDRESS AND WHEN SHE RESPONDED I GOT BUTTERFLIES. I knew this building. I knew it so well. 

About 7 years ago, when my husband and I first moved to Portland, I rented a small space in the back of this building as a shared letterpress studio. I remember many late nights there pulling prints, endless trial and error, being so tired, being so happy. It was a sweet moment of whimsy when I realized the address she messaged me was that very building. 

When we went to the space together I was overwhelmed. I felt like I arrived. That may sound like an exaggeration, but it wasn’t for me. All I wanted in my pursuit to open a brick and mortar was to have a space of any shape or size to serve people. To make people beautiful pastries, and coffee, and tea, and create a special moment in someone’s day. 

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So here we are. Just a couple of long weeks away from opening. I’m scurrying through lists and paint samples. Eating more pastries and drinking more coffee than I ever have. Crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s. Just dreaming of opening day and serving you the very best. 

Can’t wait to see you, friend. 

xoxo, B.H.

and create a special moment in someone’s day. 

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  1. Tiffany Cherie says:

    marvelous you. I always knew you could…and I could hardly wait until “you would”. Shine like the stars beauty. You have everything it takes to make that place a “home” to every wandering face.

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