Our OWNer of the month for August is the lady behind one of our favorite hangouts. Diane O'Connor purchased Dunn Bros Coffee in 2014 and has spent the time since learning about coffee, from ethical sourcing, to roasting, to ensure that every cup of coffee from Dunn Bros Coffee is the best.
Tell us a little about you:
Adventurous mom & wife, always up for a new challenge and love to learn new things. Every day I'm in awe & wonder of the amazing people & things God has placed in my life. He's a good Father!
Did you always want to own your own business? How did you find Dunn Brothers?
I always knew I would end up owning my own business. My background is in public & corporate accounting, performance measurement & operations management & consulting, so it only made sense I would eventually do these things for my own business.
What do you love about the coffee business?
The people - from guests to employees to the farmers we source from. I've met so many amazing people from so many walks of life, I love to hear people's story.
What is your favorite method for making a great cup of coffee?
Just one??! Depends on my mood. And the season. The last couple of weeks, it's been cold press over ice with a splash of cream. In the dead of winter, nothing beats the top foam of a cubano latte.
What has been the most rewarding part of owning your own business?
The relationships with people. I love connecting people with other people, as well as providing a space for those people to connect. Humans are social creatures (even the introverts), I think it's so important that we take the time to slow down and just be together in the company of another.
What are some of the challenges you have overcome?
Dealing with some of those people ;-)
What is in the future for Dunn Brothers?
We're in the midst of building a new space in the Landstrom's Building in the Gap to move our existing store. This move will allow us to add some great food options both for breakfast & lunch. There are a few other things in store as well that we'll share soon!
Why do you love The OWN?
I love that in this group of amazing women, you can find support and encouragement of like-minded people. Being a business owner can be a lonely course. The Own is a great resource to bounce ideas off other people, share experiences and just have someone to laugh and share your day with.