GREAT FALLS — A new coffee shop is opening up in Browning on the Blackfeet Reservation.
The new is called Hinman Coffee House, and it will feature coffee, blended drinks, cold drinks, bagels, sandwiches, and breakfast/lunch items.
But this coffee shop also has history behind it. It's dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's (MMIW) movement. This is to increase awareness of disproportionate violence experienced by Indigenous women. One of those women was the mother-in-law of shop owner Jade-Heather Hinman; she died at the age of 19 due to a violent crime.
Jade-Heather explained the MMIW symbol: "The red handprint over the mouth is in support of the murdered and missing indigenous women's movement. It's saying we are standing with all of our sisters who have been lost due to human trafficking. Who have been lost due to murder and kidnapping and rapes. This is something that hits close to home for us because my kid's grandmother was the victim of this also."
Coffee shops hours are M-F 6 am to 3 pm; and Saturday 7 am-4pm.
The shop is set to open Monday, May 18th, and drive-through only services will be provided while they are working on finishing the lobby. The location (102 SE Boundary Street) was previously known as Billie Jo's restaurant and prior to that Edward's Food Court.