Remembering Loved Ones & Those Who Have Lost During the Holidays

We like to think of the holidays as a joyous time where everyone comes together around the fireplace with a cup of coffee or some hot cocoa with marshmallows and a candy cane sticking out of the mug. We think of the holidays as a time where all the kids and grandkids come home and sing songs together and open presents.

Sadly, this isn’t always what happens. The holidays can be really hard for those who have lost a loved one. There are many memories that come with the holiday season. Some of these memories can be quite painful, while others bring a solemn smile.

It is important for us to keep those people in mind this time of year. They might be feeling especially lonely and could use a friend.

One way you can show your love to someone you know that has lost a loved one is to take them out for coffee. There’s something about sitting down with a nice warm cup of coffee with a friend and just talking about life that makes people feel happier and more connected. When one of my best friends lost her dad a few years back, all she wanted was to sit down on the couch with coffee or tea and just talk and cry. It was painful at the time, but we were able to come together over a hot drink. Every time we get together, we like to sit down for coffee and catch up on life. It has become our little tradition.

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Another way to show your love to someone who has lost is to get them a thoughtful gift basket. I don’t know about you, but I have received several gifts in my days that are more of something practical, but not personal at all. It’s like they don’t know what I like on a personal level. To show someone who is grieving that you care and are there for them, get them a gift basket that really shows that you know them. Add a few of their favorite things. Maybe they love a certain local coffee shop or restaurant… a gift card is a nice touch. If they seem to be stressed about the holidays and have started to neglect self-care, some bath items like bath bombs or a facial mask is a sweet idea. Throw in a few of their favorite candies or a candle that reminds them of their lost loved one and you have the perfect gift.

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If you are someone who has lost this holiday season, you are not alone and we care about you. We know this time of year can be especially difficult, and we want you to hold tightly to those memories and cherish every moment with your friends and family this year.

For help getting through the holidays, please visit Surviving The Holidays.

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

 

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Small Business Saturday

Happy Small Business Saturday! We hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving filled with good food, family, and fellowship! What are you thankful for this year? We are thankful for coffee, dogs, and people like you, just to name a few.

Black Friday has come and gone, and now we welcome Small Business Saturday with wide open arms ♥ We are a small business and we greatly appreciate all the love and support from our customers. Small Business Saturday is a great way to show your local businesses how much you support them!

With Black Friday, a lot of people get caught up in huge sales from big-name companies, and small local shops tend to get overlooked during the holiday season.We hope that you can make it a goal of yours this year to #shopsmall. Here at Bully Brew, we will be having some great deals to celebrate SBS!

$1 in house coffee ((All day!))
Buy One Get One 1/2 off on Pumpkin drinks ((while supplies last))
$1 Bagels ((10AM-12PM))
$1 Biscuits and Gravy ((while supplies last))
Free Specialty drink with purchase of a $20 Gift Card ((All day))
Also come into any store and grab a Giving Tree Tag

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BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. In addition to these sweet deals, we will also be giving away goodie bags filled with coupons and items from local businesses to the first 10 people who walk through the doors!

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BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. In addition to these sweet deals and the the goodie bags, every customer before 2PM has the opportunity to put their name in a drawing to win $150 worth of gift cards to local businesses! The drawing will be held at 2PM and you must be present to win!

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After you stop by your local Bully Brew for some delicious coffee and treats, here are some other local places you can check out! (Grand Forks and Fargo)

  • Bully Brew Coffee
  • The Olive Barrel
  • Helix Wine and Bites    
  • Flaär 
  • Half Brothers Brewing Company
  • Darcy’s Cafe          
  • Widman’s
  • 3 Chicks Boutique and Floral
  • Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
  • Whole Life
  • Wimmer’s Diamonds
  • Adley Anne’s
  • Pretty b.
  • Designed with Sugar
  • The Ember
  • Curious Clothing
  • Avant Hair and Skin Care Studio
  • River City Jewelers 
  • The Little Sweet Shop
  • Urban Stampede
  • Trojan Promotions
  • Kittsona
  • Key Bliss
  • AND SO MANY MORE…

Do you need more reasons to shop local this Small Business Saturday? Here are a few!

  1. Better customer service
  2. Sense of community
  3. Unique products
  4. Your money stays local
  5. You feel good about giving to small businesses

Click here to read to last year’s Small Business Saturday blog to learn more about 5 reasons to shop small!

We want to know why you shop local. Let us know in the comments why!

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is tomorrow, November 13! The concept of World Kindness Day is to do a random act of kindness for somebody.

At Bully Brew, we will definitely be taking part in this day of kindness! We think it would be super fun if all of you could join us for a really great day of pay-it-forwards! We would like to try and break the record of 1000 pay-it-forwards. Here’s how to play:

Paying it forward is really simple. You pay for your coffee or sandwich or bakery treat or all of the above, and then pay for the person behind you as well! Even if you don’t know what the person behind you is going to order and how much it will cost, even a few dollars helps! Knowing that even part of their order was paid for by a kind stranger will make their day.

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Another way to pay-it-forward is to purchase a Bully Buddy! When you purchase a Bully Buddy, you get to write a heart-felt note on it and hang it on the wall for someone to grab. A Bully Buddy is the price of a cup of our delicious in-house coffee, and the person who grabs it off the wall gets their cup of coffee for free! This pay-it-forward project was started up by our very own barista, Amy, last year!

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There are many ways to continue the World Day of Kindness after you pay-it-forward at Bully Brew.  Here are some ways you can keep giving with random acts of kindness:

  • hold the door open for people
  • smile when you pass someone on the street
  • find opportunities to give a compliment
  • write someone a thoughtful note
  • check in with friends you haven’t seen in a while
  • buy lunch for your coworkers
  • donate to a charity
  • tell someone “thank you” who really deserves it
  • visit a nursing home and spend time with the residents
  • send a meaningful text to someone you care about

 

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With love and kindness and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

 

 

Bully Brew Pet Halloween Costume Contest!

Hello, all!

Halloween is hauntingly close and your friends at Bully Brew want to give you a fun contest to enter as you prepare for the big day next week 🙂 This year we are hosting a Pet Halloween Costume Contest and we can’t wait to see all of your entries. Here are the details:

= Halloween (Tuesday, October 31st) is the last day to enter the contest!

= All you have to do to enter is a take a photo of your pet (or pets!) in their Halloween costume(s) and post it to any of your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and use the hashtag #bullybrewhalloween

= A winner will be chosen at the conclusion of the contest and will receive a free specialty drink of their choice!! (It might be the perfect reason to enjoy another pumpkin or apple drink at any of our locations…pumpkin chai, pumpkin pie latte, caramel apple cider, apple pie latte….the list goes on!)


Halloween costumes for your pets are a fun way to celebrate the holiday! There are pet costumes to be found at local big box stores (Target, Walmart) or your local pet stores (Petco, etc.) but you can also get creative and make something yourself!

Your dog/cat/other pet may have a certain personality that is clear to you which might inspire the reason behind their costume. Or you may choose something that is your favorite or that you find humorous in order to dress your pet up. And of course, you can always choose a pet costume that is complementary to or goes with your own Halloween costume. My guess is if you choose the last option you will get a lot of bonus points from trick or treat-ers at your door who get to take in your costume combined with your furry friend.

To give you a little bit of inspiration I found this great photo online of a lady who dresses up her dogs for each season of the year/major holiday and manages to get them to pose for a nice photo. There is nothing wrong with the always classic ghost costume made out of a sheet so if you’re looking for a great option that is no extra cost that would be perfect for you 🙂

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Here are a few other ideas from Bully Brew employees and their own dogs dressed up for Halloween last year!

We can’t wait to see all of the great photos post by all of you and we wish you and your furry friends a very Happy Halloween!

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With love and coffee,

Bully Brew

National Coffee Day: Recap

Happy Sunday, friends! As you know, National Coffee Day was this past Friday. Here at Bully Brew, we had so much fun! It was so nice to see all of your smiling faces coming in to join us for the best day of the year.

As you also know, we had some free coffee for some very lucky people who were nominated by their friends and loved ones via social media!

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Rihana from Bully Brew on Columbia road in GF took the first coffee for the day. Officer Lampi was guiding a tour when she came by with his coffee! He had no idea that she would be coming, so when she did, he was quite surprised to hear that his friend Chris Moen nominated him. Chris said he is a great person who helps out in the community and is always at the 701 as the “check in” police. Lampi was so happy to be getting the coffee! He took a picture with us and took a selfie himself to put on facebook as well!

Next up were Nancy Yon and Brittney, who are both are states attorneys. They were in meetings but we left them coffees on their desk telling them they are amazing people doing what they do everyday! Both sent us pictures later with their coffees!

Michael Little was up next. He works as the manager at FCR near the UND bookstore. Michael was nominated by Jennifer Haugen for many reasons, but first and foremost for believing in her abilities and encouraging her to work towards her talents and not her weaknesses. Also, for always having time to talk about her ideas (even if some are crazy😜). She really appreciates him as a manager! His face lit up when he saw we brought him free coffee! Greatly appreciated the nomination!

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Janice works in the music department at UND. She comes in to Bully Brew every morning before work for her brown sugar cinnamon Americano! Sandi and Rihana snuck into her office and presented her with her second Americano of the day! We appreciate you, Janice, and we will see you bright and early again Monday morning!

Jennie Belau was nominated by Krista Kujala. Here was her nomination: “My good friend Jennie for being the wonderful person she is. Always willing to lend a hand to any person (or animal), being so generous and kind, and for being a fun, caring friend!! She works from home so she had no idea we were showing up!”  When Sandi and Rihana knocked on her door, she popped her head up in the door with a questioning look. When they told her that her friend had nominated she started to tear up a little. She told them she was getting goosebumps from it. She was so happy! She told us them they had just made her day by showing up and giving her free coffee! She was even tearing up a little when we took the picture! It really made Rihana feel like they had done something really good!  She almost wanted to start crying herself! She even had dogs with her, which had they known they would have brought them a treat as well!!

Rihana truly enjoyed this year’s National Coffee Day Giveaway:

“Its amazing how people react when you bring them something just because! It makes them feel special and loved by others. Giving them the coffee makes you feel like you have really done some good in the world. It’s the small things in life that people don’t realize will make the biggest differences in someone’s life! Knowing that people have being paying attention to you and have seen what you are doing really makes you want to be a better person!”

We truly hope each and every one of you had an amazing National Coffee Day! Keep in mind for next year who you would like to nominate for some free coffee on the special day!

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

 

National Coffee Day contest!

Happy hump day to all of you fellow coffee lovers! We are halfway through another weekend and I wanted to give you some details on a very exciting day that we have coming up on Friday…

Friday is reason enough to celebrate each week but this Friday (September 29th) is EXTRA special. Why?? Because it’s National Coffee Day!!! Naturally, this day is as exciting for us as the Fourth of July because of how seriously we take our coffee around here.

In order to celebrate such a big day we have decided to do something special and you can find all of the details on our Facebook page! If you haven’t already make sure you “like” our page and then I will give you the details of the post you need to look for.

When you get there look for this picture:

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The post was made last Friday (September 22nd) if that helps you find it! What you can do on the post is write a comment about someone who you think deserves a free coffee on Friday. This can be a friend, family member, co-workers, colleague, new acquaintance, someone you look up to, or someone you feel needs a pick me up because they have been going through some tough things lately. The list is endless!!

Make sure that you tag the person you are nominating in your comment and tell us why you think they should be one of the ten lucky recipients who will have a coffee hand-delivered to them by our Bully Brew team on Friday!

Our team hosted this same giveaway last year and we were so overwhelmed with the nominations and had a great time seeing the smiles and happy tears on the faces of the people we delivered to. Coffee truly is a sweet gift you can give to others and our team at Bully Brew is excited to make that happen for people who are special to you.

If you’ve had someone in mind the whole time you’ve been reading this post make sure you find the Facebook post and comment about them right now!! If you have any questions please comment below.

Last but not least, make sure you’re celebrating National Coffee Day on Friday by stopping in to any of our locations to enjoy these deals:

  1. In-house cup of coffee for just $1 all day!!!!
  2. BOGO 1/2 off all day!!

Have a great rest of your week 🙂

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew

 

Locate an Old Friend Day

Today, September 17th, is “Locate an Old Friend Day!”

The purpose of this day is to reconnect with a friend that you haven’t kept in contact with over the years.

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Tracking down these old friends can be challenging. Have they moved across the country or to another continent? Do they remember me? Do they want to see me? Are they interested in meeting up and catching up like old times?

This can be difficult, but it could be well worth it in the end.

As a busy college student, there are so many friends from high school, and even middle school, that I have not kept in contact with. Thinking about this makes me sad, because I once had such a rich friendship with these people, but college and life has sent us our different ways.

I have personally found that social media makes it a bit easier to stay connected, but it is not on the same level as it used to be. This is what communicators call a “lean” relationship” whereas a face-to-face communication is considered a “rich relationship.”

Although I would much prefer a rich relationship, social media is better than nothing. I have several friends, including an ex-boyfriend, that I could only connect with through social media and texting. One is in Oklahoma, one in Scotland, another in Norway, and several in Bismarck. I even have friends who I go school with currently that I have not kept up with.

If you have old friends who you would like to reconnect with, here are some ways you can do so:

1.Reach out.

Reaching out and making contact with that person you wish to reconnect with is the first step. I have realized in my own life that they won’t always (hardly ever) reach out to you first. Send them a text, email, snapchat, Facebook message, or snail mail and let them know you want to meet up and catch up.

2. Make plans.

Once your long-lost-friend agrees to meet up, the next step is to make a plan. The ~best~ place to meet is at Bully Brew of course. Coffee shops are a great place to meet because they are casual and laid back. It’s a great choice to go to a coffee shop also because they are quiet. This way you can hear each other when you tell each other how life has been.

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3. Keep in touch.

The best part of rekindling a friendship is keeping it. However, this won’t happen just by meeting once. Keeping relationships takes work. You can continue to keep in touch through social media, but you need to be more intentional on keeping up with it and making the effort. A better way to keep in touch is by making regular dates to meet up. It could be once a week, once a month, or even every couple months.

Friendship is a beautiful thing, and it should be cherished. If you are reading this and saying to yourself “I haven’t spoken to [insert name] in a while, I wonder what they’re up to,” then you should make it your goal this week to reach out, make a plan, and keep in touch.

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥