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Coffee shop under new ownership

Aug 24, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

Co-owners Amanda Henry and Kip Post are the new owners of Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery after buying the Main Street business from Norval, Mary, Aaron and April Justice.

Henry, a Fremont County native, has known the Justices "pretty much (her) entire life" and they asked her to buy the business once they were looking to sell.

"I just kind of fell into it," she said.

She was a natural heir. Henry used to own a coffee company, "Jazzed on Java," in California and and has more recently operated a marketing business here in Riverton.

The kitschy prints of various fruits that once adorned the cafe's walls have now been replaced by the vibrant American Indian portraits from Arapaho artist Robert Martinez and a minimalistic mural of a coffee plantation of Riverton artist Amanda Kusel.

Henry's also having Martinez design t-shirts and labels for the business.

The coffee shop has expanded its food offerings with bagels, sandwiches, muffins and fritatas.

Henry is also hoping to get a liquor license for the business and is considering doing a happy hour this fall with "coffee-inspired" cocktails and wine.

Some of the more iconic aspects remain, like the world map with dozens of currencies afixed to their respective countries.

Henry also said she aims to maintain "the same quality of product" and will continue to buy beans from the same wholesalers and roast them in-house.

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Along with co-owner Kip Post, Amanda Henry took control of Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery from the Justice family.</p><p>
Photo by Dan Bendtsen

Along with co-owner Kip Post, Amanda Henry took control of Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery from the Justice family.

Photo by Dan Bendtsen


Along with co-owner Kip Post, Amanda Henry took control of Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery from the Justice family.</p><p>
Photo by Dan Bendtsen

Along with co-owner Kip Post, Amanda Henry took control of Brown Sugar Coffee Roastery from the Justice family.

Photo by Dan Bendtsen

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