If you caught my earlier post about Harvey, North Dakota, you know that this colorful little community was an unexpected find. The colorful murals on the buildings drew me in, but Grain Bin Coffee made me put the car in park and stay awhile.
When I saw the shop’s vivid signage from down the street, I turned to my mom and said “These are my people.” It’s not hard to spot the wild ones, the free spirits, the artists in any city, but it’s especially clear cut in a small town. And I always like to support my own.
Jennifer runs Grain Bin Coffee while her husband Chris works in his studio next door. The whole building is theirs and they’ve decked it out as a sort of vintage kitsch/religious art/graffiti inspired hideaway.
It’s drenched in natural light with plants and interesting curiosities are tucked away in every corner. (Most of the art in the space — as well as the murals that we saw all over the city — are Chris’ work.)
Chris is also on Etsy at Wakefield Arts. It’s a handy way to add something new to your art collection if you’re not making the trip to Harvey in the near future.
The coffee shop itself is tiny but bustling. Business (especially to go orders) was brisk while we were there. And Jennifer is serious about her coffee.
She roasts her own beans and an eye for quality and flavor and she’ll take all the time you need to help you find the perfect drink. She talked my mom through her options and also patiently explained lattes, mochas and cappuccinos to a local guy who sheepishly admitted he never knew the difference.
Grain Bin Coffee also has great smoothies and hot chocolate. There’s no decaf coffee to be had, so these are good bets if you’re laying off the caffeine.
It’s a fun space to explore and definitely a breath of fresh air. When you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to come in. It’s definitely worth a stop — or even a detour.
Grain Bin Coffee
711 Lincoln Avenue
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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