This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.
Sisters Alyssa Culver and Andrea Bernard have thought about opening a business together their whole lives. At one point, Culver says they were going to open a cupcake shop and even a puppy boutique.
“We work really well together,” Culver said. “We’re like the Property Brothers.”
Now, the two have opened Honey Pot Coffeehouse, a coffee shop in downtown Anchorage that donates 15 percent of their proceeds to the Honey Bee Conservancy, a nonprofit organization “that works to help the bees, while increasing access to organic, sustainable food in under-served communities,” according to their website.
Culver has a background in graphic design and digital marketing and Bernard is a real estate agent, which is how they came across the space in the first place.
“We were originally assisting the sale of it to another person… we ended up overtaking it and [re-branding] it,” Culver said.
“It was kind of thrown at us.” Bernard added.
Bernard handles the budgeting and financial aspects of the business, while Culver does the design; she says she’s more of the “right brain.”
“We’re great partners… I’ll come up with an idea, and she’s like, ‘Yes! Yes!’ She never shuts my idea down. Or, she’s like, ‘I like that idea, let’s do it like this,’” Bernard said.
The sisters opened their doors in December of 2017. On the first day they were open, Culver says that a customer drove from south Anchorage just to try their honey lavender latte, which the sisters had posted on their social media. Culver says the latte is their most popular item on the menu.
A Facebook review says the coffee shop is “Such a gem! Their honey lattes are amazing, the service is friendly and fast, it’s an excellent kid friendly option while simultaneously being a great choice for a lunch meeting.”
“Eventually, we would like to kind of expand and do a more paleo vegan kind of menu,” Bernard said.
Culver and Bernard are currently shopping for new honey farms, and have four honey infusion flavors, including lavender, wild orange, peppermint and rosemary. Culver likes to use the honey infusions to spice up her drinks; her favorite is a London fog with the wild orange honey.
The sisters get their herbs and tea from Indigo Tea Lounge and their coffee from Black Cup. They carry donuts from Fossil Fuel, salads from Sweet Caribou and bagels from The Bagel Factory, trying to be as accommodating to local businesses as possible.
Honey Pot Coffeehouse is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is located at 510 L Street, Suite 105, inside of the Peterson Tower.