When Jessica Hovland opens her coffee shop this fall, she wants to fill a need she’s been hearing about since Flandreau’s only similar business closed more than a year ago.
While there are places to drink coffee in town, people often mention the need for another coffee shop after Bean and Vine’s owner pursued a different business in May of 2018.
“We’ve heard some good feedback,” Hovland said of Flandreau Bistro and Roasterie that will open in the former Pizza Ranch building. While she plans to start off with some simple menu items including soup, salads and sandwiches along with coffee, smoothies and Hawaiian ice, she plans to grow in what is offered. In addition, she plans to eventually roast the coffee right on site and sell beans to other companies as well.
Hovland, who is the sole proprietor of the business under the LLC Pangica _ a Dakota word for “awesome” _ will turn over management to her husband Hovaka Bosin Sr. She will continue to work at her job with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and help with the family business on weekends.
Hovland and Bosin, who took official possession of the building Aug. 1, are working to freshen up the interior of the building, painting walls a modern gray and making repairs to sheetrock. She will have a family-oriented area on one side with a few books and toys and a quieter area for chatting on the other side. The building will have Wifi for customers who want to bring a computer in to work while enjoying their coffee or lunch.
Hours of operation haven’t been finalized, but the business will have a drive-thru window.
“We have a lot of room to grow,” she said of the large areas that will hold tables and comfy furniture. “We have to grow and expand into the space.”
Their business fills in most of the vacant spaces on Wind Street, where in addition to some long-time bars, there also is a Mexican restaurant and a liquor store in a renovated building that previously was shuttered.
Bosin will train and become certified in roasting beans, a service the business will add later this year. The beans will be available for customers to take home or for other businesses and restaurants to brand as their own, she said.
Through research, Hovland hasn’t found any other Native American coffee roasters in the area, a market that may offer potential. “It’s a 100 percent Native American, woman-owned business,” she said.
She and her husband, who also have an Hawaiian ice food truck, have been working on plans for the bistro and roasterie since January.
“It was a lot of work, a lot of time,” she said of plans for the business hey have dreamed about. “The idea of a coffee shop has been there for a number of years.”