The Mocha Moose building at 543 Scenic Drive in Two Harbors has been purchased by Dream Cloud Coffee Roasters, a small coffee shop from Duluth.
Owned by Charlie and Emily, Dream Cloud Coffee was begun in May 2022. Before starting the shop, both Charlie and Emily worked for small businesses in Duluth, which both described as a dissatisfying experience with “greedy” owners. “We were lucky,” Charlie says, “to find a location where we could start something of our own.”
The search for a location lasted months, with a space finally found that featured a grandfathered-in roaster vent. “We signed a two-year lease at 102 W Superior Street and were so very thankful to have the opportunity to open our doors to the public,” Charlie remembers.
After spending a busy few months opening Dream Cloud Coffee and getting the business running, Charlie and Emily found Mocha Moose’s Facebook post about their closing in August 2022. They “instantly reached out” to learn more. After meeting with the previous owner, an agreement was settled upon to purchase the property.
“We have always loved the North Shore,” Charlie says. “Before we found our location in Duluth, we dreamed of the possibilities of living and working close to the big lake, but the timing just wasn’t there. As soon as it was, we sold our house and released our right of first refusal on our lease downtown.” Owning versus renting, and the ability to live on-site, was a major motivation for Emily and Charlie’s move to Two Harbors.
Dream Cloud Coffee plans to open the first Friday in May. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday, from May to December. They also plan to host music, pop-up dinners, and other community events. Dream Cloud is creating an “ever-changing” seasonal menu of coffee, tea, baked goods, whole wheat berries, fresh milled flour, market items, beer, wine, new and used books, and crafts “of all kinds”. A ceramics workshop, also run by Dream Cloud, will be producing cups, bowls, sculpture, and more.
“We are two people seeking a simple and straightforward lifestyle filled with love,” Charlie says. “We look forward to sharing our passions for different crafts and art forms as well as beautiful coffees and teas from around the world. We don’t want to grow some massive enterprise…or make a name for ourselves in the ‘industry’. We don’t want to sell people things they don’t need or trick them with marketing and advertisement. We want to show people that you can go out into the world and make your dreams come true by being honest about your humanity, being vulnerable, and listening to your heart.”
Welcome, Dream Cloud Coffee Roasters to the North Shore! It sounds like you’re on your way to finding your niche and seeing your dreams come true.