Business: New owners for the Cabin
BEMIDJI – The new owners of the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café pledge to maintain many of the beloved aspects of the main street coffeehouse while also adding their own personal touches.
“We love that community feel,” said Tracy Pemberton, who along with nine other family members has purchased the Bemidji business. “We’re very community-oriented, family people. We want groups to come and hang out. We’re kind of hang out people.”
Pemberton, who along with her husband Tony and family members, purchased the Cabin from Noemi and Harry Aylesworth. The sale was announced Thursday.
“There’s just a lot of similarities in our way of thinking,” Tracy Pemberton said of the Aylesworths and the families’ styles.
She said many aspects of the Cabin will remain in place, such as making homemade dishes from scratch, participating in community events, and supporting the active-living and cycling communities.
“Bemidji’s loaded with bike trails, which is one of the reasons we came here to live in the first place,” she said by phone Friday afternoon, as the family was en route to Itasca State Park to ski along groomed trails.
The Cabin’s Pemberton era officially begins March 1, when the coffee shop will close for one week to undergo remodeling.
Upon opening, she said the family will utilize a new coffee supplier, Peace Coffee, a Minneapolis-based company that roasts fair trade and organic coffee, according to its website.
“We’re really excited about being part of developing downtown into a touristy place,” Tracy Pemberton said. “(Bemidji is) just an awesome destination place for people to come to.”
Noemi Aylesworth said she respects the Pemberton’s vision for the Cabin and is excited to see its future.
“I’m sure it will be another fabulous place for people to go,” she said.
She also said she’s glad the business will continue to be known as the Cabin under the new ownership.
The Aylesworths founded the Cabin June 2000, creating a brand-new coffeehouse in the heart of downtown Bemidji. During its initial remodel, Aylesworth said she was surprised to learn the building formerly had been the Cabin Motel and Café.
“We had not known that when we named it,” she said. “I found that at while at the (Beltrami County History Center). My hair stood up on my arms.”
Tracy Pemberton said her family, which operates Aroma, a mobile coffee business, is committed to retaining the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café name.
“We like that community feel of having a cabin, a place for people to gather,” she said.