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“Bright, chill, unlike anything in Mount Pleasant.”
This is what General Manager and self-proclaimed coffee snob Mackenzie Bacon said when asked to describe The Dreamer Coffee Shop.
This coffeehouse opened its doors on October 17, 2014. The business was founded on the idea of making the dreams of the owner and the customers come true.
While close in distance to local favorite Kaya Coffeehouse, the Dreamer sees itself as a completely different entity than Kaya.
“It’s not a competition between Kaya,” Bacon said.
The way Kaya differentiates itself from other coffee shops is their “boutique” look and home feel – Bacon wanted to give the impression of “The Big City.”
The shop is large and spacious, with comfortable seating. The art-filled walls are bright and the windows are large enough to allow a fair amount of sun to light the house.
“We want to offer a clean experience to our customers,” Bacon said.
Dreamer is one of the few places that do latte art in Mount Pleasant. They use cream to create pictures that you can drink, one of their specialties being the tulip.
They are constantly learning different latte art creations, including the swan logo of the shop; all you need to do is ask.
Another huge attraction for The Dreamer is their assortment of bubble teas. Bubble tea is a tea-based drink that is blended with milk or fruit and little tapioca balls (the “bubbles”) for a chilled, creamy treat!
They offer Coconut, Honeydew, Mango, Milk Tea and Strawberry bubble teas.
Their menu is always changing and evolving, usually based around what they have in stock. They source all of their coffee and part of their inspiration from Madcap Coffee Company, a Grand Rapids based coffee roasting company.
They also source their coffee beans from different parts of the world, choosing to grind the beans in shop.
“We’re not going to follow the rules of coffee,” Bacon said. “We want to provide something different.”
They also offer food to go with your cup of Joe– with sandwiches, cookies and a Soup of the Day.
The coffee shop also wants to extend to the Mount Pleasant community by promoting their open-mic nights, Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.
Their walls also have room for works by local artists.
Ike Han, the current owner, hopes to expand by opening more shops.
“We’re excited for the future,” Bacon said.
If you’re looking for a taste of the big city in little Mount P, look no further. Go say “Hey!” to the employees and get your morning (or evening) java in the place where your dreams are given wings.
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