DUNNING – Blaine County’s Dunning, population 80, welcomed to their community earlier this summer a new place to find a familiar face: Lil’ Bits coffee shop.
James and Jodi Swisher purchased a house near the west end of the Sandhills Dunning football field and converted the garage into an early morning gathering place; their daughter Pebbles is the manager.
“We are open from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m.,” Pebbles explains, “And besides having coffee, espresso, and flavors to enhance them, there are cinnamon rolls, donuts, long johns, ice cream treats, and other goodies.” Jodi is the head baker, and James is the handyman when the need arises.
Help around the shop extends far beyond the four walls, Pebbles says. “My sister April Smith, in Thedford, has her own business, ‘Made Sweet by April’, which offers baking delicacies and helps make our baked goods as well.”
Given the proximity to the football field, questions as to the contagiousness of school spirit for Lil’ Bits abound; the answers, according to Pebbles, are as open as the coffee shop.
“The previous owner had many a tailgate party when the Sandhills-Thedford Knights football team had games. We do not know what the future holds, we are just glad to have another gathering place for early morning coffee enthusiasts or for those who just want to catch up on the latest local news.”