SAUK RAPIDS — There’s more space, more windows and more storage, but at its new location, Copper Pony is focused on giving you more of one thing they know you love: more Copper Pony.

“This place just kept calling us,” Brandon Johnson said. He and Josh Hoffman own Copper Pony, and on Wednesday, the new space at 208 N. Benton Drive in Sauk Rapids was a hive of staff activity as they prepared the space for opening next month.

“This is step two of a multi-step vision,” Johnson said. 

Hoffman said he’s excited to show people the creative displays they’re putting together in the new store. It’s chaos, but it’s also a good time.

“I want to enjoy the process,” he said. “I want to be able to enjoy this, looking at the products and seeing, OK, is this telling a story? I wanted to be here and enjoy it. This is my favorite part — ordering the product and setting it.”

The biggest shift demarcating “step two” is the addition of The Kitchen at Copper Pony, a spot for coffee, soups, sandwiches, salads and “heavy on the baked goods,” Johnson said.

An artist's rendering is posted outside the new Copper Pony location Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sauk Rapids.

“Most people refer to the kitchen as the heart of the home,” Johnson said. “You need the heart to really kind of live into that. And so that’s really why we wanted to do that.”

This is new territory for Copper Pony.

“We’re hoping that people can offer us some grace as we launch into basically adding a business to our business,” Johnson said.

With three times the space than before, there’s room for almost everything but the kitchen sink — no, scratch that. They installed a farmhouse sink.

It’s to “reinforce the narrative” in the space Copper Pony has dedicated to kitchen items (plus, it’s a place to try-before-you-buy their luxury soaps). 

The shelves begin to fill with items at the new Copper Pony location Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sauk Rapids.

Johnson said they expanded their offerings in every category of items Copper Pony sells, though their collection of giftable items probably expanded the most. Johnson said though clothing likely won’t be in stock right away, they have dedicated changing rooms set up and are considering how they’d like to offer apparel — for instance, potentially through partnering with local boutiques to bring in pop-ups within Copper Pony.

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