Coffee shop’s new venture merits award

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Dr. Java’s co-owner Brandy Mogg is seen in the coffee shop’s new location, at 425 15th St. E. 

The “New Venture” award Dr. Java’s Coffee House received at last week’s Samuel McLeod Business Awards was the second time the business has been recognized at the annual ceremony.

 

The first came shortly after the married couple opened their first coffee shop outside of the Victoria Hospital in 2011, when Brandy and Chad Mogg received the “Young Entrepreneurs” award.

“That was possibly more exciting on one level because it was the first recognition we got in the business community,” Brandy explained of her and her husband’s efforts.

“But this one, I think given the struggles and the challenges of everything we’ve faced in the last three years, it means a lot more on a whole different level.”

The first award recognized the duo for trying something new, whereas the second award recognized the couple’s success.

Chad and Brandy opened their first coffee shop in April, 2011.

Although it wasn’t a drastic change for Brandy, who funded her way through university by waitressing, Chad left a job in the oil patch to take on coffee shop ownership.

“It was something that we’ve always both loved, and something that we always thought that we would do, but maybe something we would do after our kids had grown -- that it would be a retirement hobby,” Brandy explained.

“If you could pick any job, any career, what would you do, and this is something that we’ve always wanted to do.”

Taking the plunge to fulfill professional aspirations and personal fulfillment, Brandy said that it was the right decision for them to make, but it hasn’t been easy.

I think given the struggles and the challenges of everything we’ve faced in the last three years, it means a lot more on a whole different level. Brandy Mogg

“We knew the challenges but I think we figured in a few months we’d have staff trained and we’d work 40 hour work weeks,” Brandy said.

“I think that for the last three years, I would say on average my husband and I both put in 60 to 70 hour work weeks.”

Just as they begin easing back on work hours, they expand into other things, ramping their work hours back up, Brandy said.

The “New Venture” recognition they received last week comes as a result of their relocation from their Victoria Hospital area location to a much larger building at 425 15th St. E.

Although they just received the “New Venture” recognition last week, a new effort opens the door for the couple to receive the award again in the future.

A large machine surrounded by bags of fresh beans welcomes customers to Dr. Java’s Coffee House -- a functional industrial-sized coffee roaster that Chad has been studying up on and honing his skills with.

“My husband, he wants to one day see our coffee in a grocery store,” Brandy said. “That’s the end point he wants to one day get to.”

Organizations: Victoria Hospital, Coffee House

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