Dawn Bjorgo's been thinking about this for a while. "For around 24 years, actually," she told the Times Thursday.
Sometime around March, she hopes, her longtime vision of opening a coffee, tea and sandwich bistro in Crookston will come into focus, in the form of Cofé. Renovations are currently underway at the former Radio Shack location along University Avenue, immediately to the north of Best Buy Liquor. The most recent tenant, primarily in the rear portion of the space, was Crookston Alignment and Repair.
So what's with the quirky name for the new business? Bjorgo said it's kind of a combination of the words "coffee" and "café."
"This is real, it's happening and we're excited," she said of the venture she's undertaking with her daughter, Jessica Shockman. The two are also partners in the upscale men's and women's consignment boutique, Cycle of Threads, located in the retail center further to the north on Sahlstrom Drive that's anchored by Rejuv Salon and Spa.
"Our first dream was (Cycle of Threads) and this is our second dream," Bjorgo said.
Many years ago, Dawn said she started inquiring about possibly opening some kind of coffee shop in town. "This was back before coffee wasn't even coffee yet, before it was trendy," she said.
She's tentatively envisioning Cofé being open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will, obviously, feature a variety of coffees and lattes, etc., but will also specialize in teas. There will be some breakfast foods on the menu like oatmeal, and Cofé will also feature fresh sandwiches and salads.
There will be a drive-thru window, too, Bjorgo added.
The space was recently gutted and renovated for potential office-like use. Now those renovations are being modified. "It's a project, let me tell you," Bjorgo said, adding that Cofé will utilize around half of the building's space. "It's going to be pretty unique and fun."