A new coffee stand offering a variety of hot and cold coffees, Italian sodas, smoothies and other frosty drinks opened its doors a little more than three weeks ago in Lovell.
Happily Grounded, owned and operated by Bill and Krystal Pulver, is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 450 East Main across the street from the east Welcome to Lovell sign.
The Pulvers knew each other as Lovell Elementary School students many years ago, then recently reconnected and were married. Bill Pulver moved to Thermopolis in the eighth-grade and graduated from Hot Springs County High School in 1993. Krystal Layne Pulver left Lovell after the fifth grade when her family moved to Kalispell, Mont., and graduated from Whitefish High School, also in ’93. The two were recently married and moved to Lovell a couple of months ago to be closer to family.
Bill Pulver also works for the State of Wyoming at the Wyoming Boys School in Worland in security and behavioral management as a Youth Services Specialist II, and Krystal is the day-to-day operator of Happily Grounded, though she also owned and operated a formal dress shop in Kalispell and would like to open a store in Lovell in the future. The two moved to Lovell from Worland, where they met.
“Fate brought us together,” Bill said. “We saw that something in Lovell was lacking, and a lot of people said this has been needed for a long time.”
Happily Grounded opened April 30 and has been growing in popularity ever since. In only three weeks of operation regular customers turned in 10 punch cards with 10 punches each, one for each purchase.
The Pulvers said Happily Grounded offers more than 60 flavors for Italian sodas, smoothies and Friscanis – a kids drink similar to a frozen milk
shake with candy blended in. The stand also offers Kidz Kreams, chai tea, hot and cold lattes and mochas in various flavors,
and Ice Rage frappe type drink and flavored lemonade.
The owners said they have based their prices on similar stores in Powell and Worland and believe their product is very affordable. They urge people to look them up under Happily Grounded on Facebook.
“We’d like people to give us a review good, bad or ugly,” Bill said.
By David Peck