We had the good fortune of connecting with david cramton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi david, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting out in a five by nine foot trailer with 200 dollars in our pocket, our business began using coffee as a gateway into the mission field ministry. Little did we know God had a different plan. After turning away from the pursuit to travel we instead put down roots in our own backyard. Since then, Blessed Bru has done trade shows, weddings, retirement parties, and graduation celebrations in Wise County and surrounding areas. As well as daily serving loyal customers inside the newly done store front which resides in downtown historic Bridgeport. At the forefront of our mind was creating a space that not only would be lucrative but put us in a position to help others, whatever that may be. We stand by the foundation of this business which states coffee, community, and conversation sit at the heart of Blessed Bru.

What should our readers know about your business?
EST.2016 Small Beginnings….
We started with two hundred dollars and a dream. Originally we built a coffee cart to raise money for mission trips with the idea of eventually moving to South Africa. Circumstances and funding changed opening our eyes to the need right in our own backyard. Through many trial and error, seeking wise council, educating ourselves, and honestly just ‘winging’ it sometimes, Blessed Bru has evolved from coffee cart, to kiosk, to renting a store front location, and has finally brought us where we are today in our own space where our vision has truly come to life. We plan to continue not only to serve our customers a cup of ambition as Dolly says, but to serve it with a smile, prayer, and a truly open heart to help those in need. Blessed Bru now operates as an eatery, roaster, and coffee shop. We are a family owned business striving to meet the need present in our local community and beyond. Providing delicious beverage and food options for numerous dietary restrictions throughout our menu.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Though Bridgeport is a small town, the places that reside here are gems. Right downtown you’ll find quaint restaurants like Baja street Mexican grill that has the friendliest staff and best street tacos around! The next stop would have to be the Northwest OHV park. Where you can take on the adventure of off road driving. They also offer beautiful hiking trails! Lastly, and possibly our favorite would have to be our own place (we’re slightly biased) to obtain a refreshing iced tea or warm up on chilly days with a specialty latte and yummy pastry!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would love to thank all of our loyal wise county supporters. We have the best community that is so supportive of our shop and our mission. We would love to thank Brenda M, Fred M, Kreig V, Jeff E, Ashley M, Annie L. I want to especially thank my beautiful Wife and Kids for supporting Dads crazy idea to chase a dream and open a coffee shop.

Website: https://www.blessedbru.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blessedbrueaterycoffeehouse/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blessedbrucoffeebar

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