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YAY! Kind Coffee located in Estes Park, CO

Meet Kind Coffee located in Estes Park, CO. Thank you to Amy, the owner, for telling us a little about her coffee shop and being one of our amazing customers! YAY! Kind Coffee.

 

What do you do in your store to nurture your community culture?

WE HAVE LARGE COMMUNITY TABLES WHERE WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SIT TOGETHER EVEN IF THEY DON’T KNOW EACH OTHER. I WORK WITH MY STAFF TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING TO KNOW OUR REGULAR CUSTOMERS AND THEIR DRINKS SO FOLKS FEEL WELCOME AND KNOWN WHEN THEY WALK IN. WE ALSO PARTNER WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS ON CUSTOM COFFEE LABELS TO PROMOTE THEIR MISSION OR EVENTS.

What trend do you see in your indie business that you’re excited about?

THERE ARE MANY INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS AND CAFES IN ESTES PARK, AND OF COURSE THROUGHOUT THE FRONT RANGE OF COLORADO. MUCH LIKE THE MICRO BREWERY CRAZE, PEOPLE SEEM TO BE TRAVELING AROUND EXPLORING ALL OF THE LOCAL, INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS. IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD TO INCREASE THE OVERALL APPRECIATION OF LOCAL COFFEE!

What’s the best advice you can share that will apply to everyone?

BE ADAPTABLE. THE WORLD IS MOVING SO FAST AND WE ARE ALL TRYING TO KEEP UP. REMEMBER THAT DECISIONS AND THINGS YOU CHOSE TO DO YEARS AGO MAY NO LONGER RELATE TO THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WORLD, YOUR BUSINESS, OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF LIFE. KEEP MOVING. IT’S MUCH MORE INTERESTING TO STAY CURRENT THAN TO FALL BEHIND!

What’s something you feel people should do more of?

BE KIND. IT’S REALLY THAT SIMPLE TO ME.

What’s something in your business you’re glad DIDN’T work out as you hoped?

ODDLY, THE FLOOD OF 2013. WHEN WE WERE CLOSED FOR 3 MONTHS AFTER THE FLOOD, OUR COMMUNITY SHOWED UP IN COUNTLESS WAYS TO HELP AND SUPPORT US (AND I THINK THEY WANTED TO GET US REOPENED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!) IT REVIVED IN ME THE REASONS I CREATED KIND COFFEE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

What’s the most recent kind gesture you received from someone you didn’t know?

A SUMMER CUSTOMER, WHO I DIDN’T MEET, SENT A SMALL FRAMED PIECE OF ARTWORK TO US THAT HAD A QUOTE INCLUDING THE WORD “KIND” IN IT, AND JUST SAID IT REMINDED HER OF US AND HER EXPERIENCE IN ESTES PARK LAST SUMMER. PEOPLE LIKE TO SEND US AND GIFT US THINGS THAT SAY “KIND” OR “BE KIND” OR “KINDNESS” AND WE ARE STARTING TO COLLECT THEM. IT’S JUST FUN TO BE THE PLACE THAT PEOPLE THINK OF WHEN THEY HEAR THE WORD KIND.

What’s a success you’d love to see someone close to you achieve?

A FRIEND OF MINE, AND FORMER EMPLOYEE, IS WORKING TO CREATE A NEW SCHOOL IN ESTES PARK. SHE HAS SOME SUPPORT, BUT IT’S REALLY FROM THE GROUND UP. SHE COMES TO THE SHOP REGULARLY TO WORK ON HER PLANNING, AND IT’S BEEN AWESOME TO WATCH. I LOOK FORWARD TO HER SUCCESSES. 

What’s been one of the most pleasant experiences of running your business/your job?

SINCE 2002, I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF EMPLOYEES COME AND GO. IT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY. WATCHING THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED FOR ME USE THEIR JOB AT KIND COFFEE AS A STEPPING STONE THROUGH THEIR LIVES HAS BEEN VERY REWARDING AND EXCITING FOR ME TO WATCH AND PARTICIPATE IN WITH THEM. ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES HAS OPENED HER OWN SHOP. ANOTHER IS TRAVELING THE WORLD TEACHING ENGLISH. I LOVE BEING A PART OF THEIR LIVES, AND SHARING MY BUSINESS WITH THEM, FOR WHATEVER TIME THEY HAVE TO GIVE TO IT.

What successful choices have you made in your business that others should consider doing?

FOLLOW YOUR GUT. NOT ALL BUSINESS DECISIONS ARE ROOTED IN FINANCES AND STRATEGY. SOMETIMES YOU DO SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO. SOMETIMES YOU DO THINGS BECAUSE YOUR GUT TELLS YOU YOU NEED TO, EVEN IF IT FEELS LIKE THE HARDEST THING TO DO. BUT I HAVE LEARNED, OVER THE YEARS, THAT THE TIMES I IGNORED MY GUT FEELINGS ARE USUALLY THE TIMES I REGRET I DID. 

What makes you say YAY!?

TIME FOR THE WONDERFUL PARTS OF MOUNTAIN LIVING. HIKING MY DOGS. COLD BEER ON A BLUEBIRD DAY. CLEAN AIR. HOT COFFEE.

YAY! Kind Coffee!

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