Golden Outfitters & Park Cafe, Beach North Dakota
Exit One. That could mean the first exit in North Dakota. Or, it could mean the last. Either way, two miles from the Montana border lies a cozy little cowboy town, full of exciting western history and cowboy culture, along with friendly folks. And coffee. Great coffee! Beach, North Dakota. Nearly hidden in the center of town is Park Cafe, and along with it Golden Valley Outfitters.
More Than Meets The Eye!
After exiting Interstate 94 and following the main road south, into town, the site of an old landmark grain storage facility might be deceiving. Venture past the railroad tracks and investigate the rest of the quaint cowboy town. In addition to some fine residential structures and the beautiful Golden Valley County Courthouse, you’ll take note that there are still some thriving businesses in Beach.
Golden Valley Outfitters and Park Cafe
Several are of particular interest. The sign for Golden Valley Outfitters caught our eye!
We Couldn’t Resist!
The bright, welcoming Espresso flag got our attention, as did the blackboard sign on the sidewalk. Clothing. Espresso. Park Cafe. What was this place? We couldn’t resist. Not only were we curious, but we also craved a GOOD cup of coffee!
We’d no idea what to expect, but the items in the window definitely piqued our interest. What kind of ‘outfitter’ could this be??
Wow! Western Wear! Lots of it!
I had a definite ‘Wow!’ reaction when I entered this business establishment. I was not expecting what I found, and that was an extensive inventory of good quality western wear! Boots. Hats. Shirts. Jeans. Accessories. And lots of ’em!
Take Your Time, Step Back In Time
I found the interior of this historic mercantile very inviting, and reminiscent of my childhood in small town North Dakota (a few years back!) when life was simple and shopping was done locally. The smell of the wood floors, the look of the tin ceiling, and the welcome of tables and chairs in which to rest made this place feel homey, genuine. My mind easily imagined historic Beach, a major cowtown in western North Dakota, crucial to cattle drives and later transcontinental rail transportation. Golden Valley Outfitter is directly across the street from the railroad tracks. It must have been a popular establishment of some sort back in its hey-day.
And Then, There’s The Coffee!
Espresso. The other window signage indicated there was more than coffee here. Espresso! At the rear of the nostalgic store, we found it!
And The Food!
The coffee. Was it good? Yes! You’ll find more than just convenience store coffee here. You’ll find a barista! Employees here are trained to make coffee drinks correctly. And variety! There is a lot of local interest, and faithful patronage, judging from the names of some of the specialty drinks!
The Park Cafe is a major part of this mercantile, and it’s menu, while not as extensive as a full-service diner, had more than enough choices for our tastes. From the looks of it, locals get involved in the offerings, and a bit of their creativity surely makes for good sandwich combinations. That ‘Triple V’, named after a well-known (and historic) ranch on the Little Missouri River south of Beach looks good to me! And who would not be enticed by the “Stud Guy’! We’re going back to check that out!
On Our Way to Prairie Fire
We were more than pleasantly surprised by both Golden Valley Outfitters and Park Cafe. We’ve been down this Beach, North Dakota street many times on our way to visit Tama Smith, potter extraordinaire of Prairie Fire Pottery, but somehow we’d missed this business.
Golden Valley Outfitters & Park Cafe. Hidden Gems!
Hidden Gems? Yup. Golden Valley Outfitters and Park Cafe in Beach, North Dakota are just that! We hope they won’t be ‘hidden’ much longer. We recommend stopping in at Golden Valley Outfitters and Park Cafe on your next swing through western North Dakota. The shopping is surprisingly good, and the coffee and food are mighty fine. The friendly people in Beach, especially at Golden Valley Outfitters and Park Cafe, will make you feel welcome!
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