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Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 2 comments

Wild-Flour Bakery, Cafe & Espresso, Lead SD


This space used to be an Eagles Lodge once upon a time and now is home to a fabulous bakery owned by a mother-daughter team.  Mom was baking in the kitchen and her daughter The space is large enough to house the entire Denver Broncos football team and they have the sweets to satisfy their taste buds.  My favorite was the cinnamon and sugar raised twists …. just like my grandma on my mother’s side used to make at her bakery in Glendale, AZ.

My father, Fred, was raised here in Lead, South Dakota.  I remember when it was a community full of people going places and doing things.  The economy started to slow down when they legalized gambling in Deadwood, its sister town, but it came to a screeching halt when the Homestake Gold Mine closed in 2002.  Now Downtown Lead only gets a few visitors as they are passing through exploring the Black Hills.

This local family took a leap of faith and decided it would be a good time to invest in a business.  And they are not alone.   A block or so down the street is a building that will house a micro-brewery to be started by a family from Oregon.  Then a block from that is the old Masonic Lodge, the one my grandfather and grandmother were members of for decades.

Today is auction day at the Lodge and the streets are lined with cars.  The building and all of its’ belongings were sold to Dakota Plains Auctions as their new primary location for their very successful family business.

As you can see, things are starting to stir again in Lead.   I love that my Dad’s hometown is making a resurgence!

Lovin’  life, Lisa

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 1 comment

Moca Joe’s Coffeehouse, Delta Colorado


Freshly harvested peaches, a family reunion, and an indie coffeehouse!

Sidewalk sign.

The Western Slope of Colorado gives the country delicious fruit!  This time of year fruit stands dot the roadways and hand painted signs indicate the bounty of fruits they sell.  There are peaches, pears, plums, apples, cherries, and cantaloupe; peppers, squash, honey and jams.

Bikki Family Farms, Palisade Colorado

Most of the farms are family owned and operated.  And when it’s time to harvest the community comes together to pick, sort and pack the produce for market.  This is what I love about community coffeehouses across the world, too.  They gather people together and give us the chance to get to know our neighbors.

@ the counter

Take Moca Joe’s Espresso on Main Street in Delta … they have delicious roast from a  local roaster and serve an Americano (my fav) that is rich and aromatic.  The owners put their energy into this one shop and it shows 🙂

When traveling to a wine tasting in Palisade or to ski in Aspen, just stop in.  They are on Highway 50  in downtown Delta, Colorado.  Tell them we sent you.

Peace, Lisa

Moca Joe’s Espresso  
352 Main Street
Delta, CO 81416
(970) 874-1133


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