A GREAT DECADE
"He has made everything beautiful in its time." - Ecclesiastes 3:11
It was September of 2002 and Jennie and I were returning from an art show in Boise, Idaho. We saw the 'For Sale' sign on the log house which is now the home of Mountain Arts Pottery and The Coffee Pot Bakery Café. To say that it was run down would be a gross understatement, but the price was right, the interest rate was right, and we hadn't had a recession for a few years, so we purchased it.
Jennie and our oldest son, Josh, both have an aptitude for conceptual design. The cabin was an old log cabin of several tiny rooms and Josh encouraged us to gut the place out and vault the ceiling . We tore out all of the walls, leaving only the chimney and fireplace as original interior elements.
After we put tongue and groove paneling on the ceiling, Josh went on the hunt for the lighting system. I would have just put up track lighting, but that wasn't "cool" enough, so after a long day, Josh took us to a new coffeehouse in Bozeman and showed us the lighting system. It was a low voltage cable system and it gave a lot of flexibility for showcasing our custom stoneware pottery.
After two months of grueling work, on May 31, 2003, we opened our shop up for retail sales of our handthrown pottery. About a year later, we opened the Coffee Pot Bakery Café in the same building. Since that time, we have changed many, many things, but that beginning and the basic remodeling of the building lent itself to a great place to set up shop.
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