The Rose Petal in downtown Cut Bank is partnering with one of the up-and-coming coffee chains in northern Montana. Folklore Coffee, founded in 2014 by native-Montanan Andy Pollard, is set to open a full-service coffee bar inside of the Rose Petal on Central Avenue this week.
“We are really excited to make our way to Cut Bank and to partner with Nate and Ashley Kavanagh,” Pollard said. “We want to serve people here with quality coffee and service while also providing a unique atmosphere for a smaller town.”
Folklore Coffee will provide a full specialty beverage menu to its patrons while also serving freshly baked, locally produced pastries. Pollard noted there may be opportunities to increase menu options to include hot sandwiches and other lunch items in the future. Patrons can enjoy indoor seating during winter months, with an expanded outdoor seating area opening in Spring 2021.
“Nate and I are thrilled about the opportunity to work with Andy and Folklore Coffee,” Ashley Kavanagh said. “Our customers have been eager for us to offer a sit-down coffee option, and we believe Andy will provide a great experience for the community.”
The Folklore Coffee Cut Bank location will join four others in Valier, Conrad, Whitefish, and inside Rose Petal’s Columbia Falls location. Despite having multiple locations, Andy is committed to the mantra of providing quality over quantity and making sure that customers at Folklore Coffee leave satisfied with the food, drink and atmosphere.
“Coffee is an instigator for culture and conversation and it is really convenient for a community when it has a place to sit down with a cup of coffee and work or talk with others for hours on end,” Pollard said. “People meeting new people and rubbing shoulders. People that are passionate about their coffee and their community. That is what Folklore Coffee is all about.”
In addition to the coffee bar, the Rose Petal will also be bringing an influx of new books from the Penguin Random House for patrons of the store and coffee bar to enjoy. The Kavanaghs have also been working with the welding classes at Cut Bank High School, taught by Brian Hayes, to create shelving units for the store.
“We’re expanding quickly to try and meet the demand and direction from our growing customer base, and books felt like a natural fit for us,” said Ashley.
This expansion began back in March, when the Kavanaghs completed a major interior renovation and re-opened to the community just before Mother’s Day. In September, they acquired a new property in downtown Columbia Falls and opened a second location. The sister-store includes a full-service floral department, retail offerings, and a Folklore coffee bar.
Though the Kavanaghs opened a second location, they will not be leaving Cut Bank, which both of them consider to be their home.
“This really is a dream come true for us. It will be amazing to have a place where people can come meet and have a good time,” Ashley said. “Cut Bank is a small, close-knit town with a lot of heart and we’re excited to welcome Folklore Coffee into it.”