October 20, 2017


'No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.'
Hebrews 12:11 

It was September 2002 when Jennie and I were driving back from a pottery show in Boise, Idaho. Just south of four corners in Bozeman, Montana we passed a dilapidated log cabin with a 'for sale' sign out front. With a glance in the rear view mirror, an abrupt stomp on the brake pedal and a quick u-turn on the road; we swung into the driveway. Upon closer inspection we realized that the log cabin was more than a little dilapidated; it was thoroughly trashed. But we had been on the hunt for some time for a place to open a retail store for our custom stoneware pottery. We also yearned to move the pottery studio out of our repurposed chicken coop in our backyard, where we had been crafting hand thrown pottery for over 23 years. Despite the deterioration, something felt 'right' and we knew that this could be our store.

We contacted a friend who was a realtor and made an offer. Then we left for four weeks of pottery shows on the east coast. We sent and received faxes from banks and motels where we were staying. We were able to close in March 2003.

Our son Joshua arranged to bring ten college students up from Colorado to work over spring break. We housed them and fed them and in return they worked....hard. They peeled off the many layers of vinyl, carpet, paneling, sheetrock and stucco that masked the old log structure. After multiple loads to the dump and thrift stores, we could finally see the true character of the little log cabin.

We had no idea how much work it would take but finally, on May 31, 2003 we opened and had our first sale. Our good friend Tony Knick made the first purchase. A year later we moved our studio out to the new site and shortly after that we opened our coffee shop, The Coffee Pot Bakery Cafe.

Today, we celebrate ten years at this location. We love it here and so do our guests. Stop by and say hello if you are in the neighborhood.

Many Blessings,
Dave Lockie

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