Spotlight on Business: Couple Finds Opportunity in Trying Times

Brewer’s Coffeehouse, LLC began as Minden’s first coffeehouse in June 2007. But the idea for the business started percolating in Sherri Brewer’s mind in 2003 after moving to Minden from Windsor, CO.

Sherri and husband Kerry Blomme, along with their two boys, relocated when Kerry’s job transferred them to the Kearney area. They chose to live in Minden, preferring its small size over Kearney.

Sherri worked at ACE Hardware until it closed in February 2006. Suddenly Sherri was unemployed, and, with a lack of other opportunities, she decided to pursue her dream and open Brewer’s Coffeehouse, LLC. Sherri worked with REAP Business Specialist Dena Beck on a business plan and received a loan from the Kearney County Economic Development Agency.

An active lifelong learner, Sherri has participated in many REAP trainings, including QuickBooks and Facebook for Business, and participates in PK Innovator and Entrepreneur Club meetings. Sherri recently expanded her menu to include lunch three days a week. She continues to receive REAP’s technical assistance for pricing, marketing strategies and general brainstorming.

In the fall of 2008, Kerry Blomme was laid off from his job of 13 years working for a drywall company. Kerry felt his work was well-known in the area, and he decided to go out on his own. Kerry received technical assistance as well as a REAP loan to get his business started. Brewer’s Coffeehouse was recently featured on National Public Radio’s Marketplace. From that feature, unexpected response came from across the country offering general support and services.

One of the most significant ways REAP has assisted Sherri is with an initial business plan and having continued access to technical assistance. Brewer’s Coffeehouse also features local artists and products made locally and has been the host site of several REAP trainings.

You will find Sherri Brewer and a great cup of coffee at Brewer’s Coffeehouse at 317 N Minden Avenue, Minden, Nebraska, or you can call 308.832.2739.

Sherri Brewer
You will find Sherri Brewer and a great cup of coffee at 317 N Minden Avenue, Minden, Nebraska, or you can call 308.832.2739.