We had the good fortune of connecting with Vicy Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vicy, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been one to take on leadership roles from a very young age. While I do pride myself in my ability to lead while remaining understanding and compassionate, managing other people’s businesses was becoming too stressful because you always have the fear of letting someone down. Art is my escape from that. I have always loved to create! From sketching, painting and photography to making one of a kind jewelry pieces (which you will also see up for sale in the bus). There is nothing quite like the feeling you get from seeing something you visualized become something you can see or feel….or taste! My love for creating art and my passion for my coffee career lead me to combine the two by teaching myself latte art and becoming Pueblo’s first professional coffee artist. I can’t express the joy it brings me to see someone’s face light up when I hand them their drink and they realize there is art poured on top! That reaction and the sheer delight it brings is what I live for. The Sacred Bean is a full blown coffee experience unlike any other in Pueblo! It’s not just about the art of pouring the drinks, but the art of creating the unique recipes and crafting a high quality café in this badass little VW bus! It’s about bringing people from our community together in a way that only coffee can!
The bus itself is a work of art. My husband and business partner, Daniel, has worked so hard throughout the restoration process. He built the interior right in our garage, put love and care into every detail. It really is magnificent! Daniel has always had a love for VWs and this one is so special to him. It was so amazing to see it all come together!
After years of hard work and planning, we are living this beautiful dream. We are looking forward to doing more community events and teaming up with Pueblo’s incredible community of local artists! Can’t wait to see where this coffee journey leads.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Badass barista/Entrepreneur/Jeweler/Mom! I’d have to say what I am most proud of is my perseverance throughout the whole process of planning The Sacred Bean. I started planning years ago and had actually decided to begin the process in 2016 after teaching myself new coffee techniques and latte art. My plan was always to bring something unique and different to Pueblo’s coffee scene.
I got side tracked when the owner of a new café had messaged me on Facebook asking if I’d be interested in a position that would lead to management. I ended up teaching them and their staff my coffee techniques and even rainbow latte art, did all of their advertising and promotion, managed the shop and staff, and created countless recipes until my resignation in 2019. It was a great lesson for me and ultimately my reason for deciding I can never put my all into someone else’s business again, to never feel used and unappreciated again. It was the push I needed to really get this thing going!
Of course, once we really got into starting paperwork so we could build the mobile café COVID happened and with it a lot of waiting and revising plans.
Despite all of the bumps in the road, we never gave up!!! There were many times I felt like this could never happen or wondered if the stress would be worth it. I am so grateful that we persisted! This has been such an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Pueblo is full of little gems! We would, of course, visit all the cafés. The Riverwalk is a must, but I do prefer exploring the reservoir area! We have some incredible art galleries in the downtown area, as well as locally owned restaurants. I think my top places to visit would have to be Bloback Gallery, Pueblo Arts Alliance, Bite Me Cake Co, 1129 Spirits and Eatery, Brues Alehouse, Millstop, and Walters. There would have to be a tour included of all of the street murals around town and the river levy murals!!!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
None of what we do could be possible without the support and love from our family, friends, and community! Our family has helped so much with not just support, but watching our kids and running to the store when we are out serving and running out of products!!!! We can’t thank you all enough. Another special shout out to Laurie, Kris, and Charles from my first coffee home, The Daily Grind! I worked there starting at age 15, from March 2003-October 2014. The Daily Grind is where my passion for coffee sparked and I am forever grateful for my experience there. Thank you!
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