New name, same coffee shop: Pop into Trailhead Coffee Bar and Cafe in Grand Junction |

New name, same coffee shop: Pop into Trailhead Coffee Bar and Cafe in Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
Laughing Dog Coffee has a new name and owners. Kelly and John Michel have changed the name to Trailhead Coffee Bar and Cafe to pay homage to popular trails nearby. The coffee shop is located at 413 Monument Road.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press


WHAT: Trailhead Coffee Bar and Cafe

WHEN: Daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: 413 Monument Road, Grand Junction

COST: $3-5 for a latte


Before venturing to Colorado National Monument or Lunch Loops’ popular singletrack, stop by Trailhead Coffee Bar and Cafe. It’s open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Formerly named Laughing Dog Coffee House, it’s located at 413 Monument Road in Grand Junction. Kent Diemer and Suzanne Bjorge were the founders of the business.

“We hope to be a meeting place for people before heading out on a ride, hike or even after,” said John Michel, co-owner of Trailhead Coffee.

Kelly Michel, Trailhead Coffee co-owner and John’s wife, added: “We like the idea of people starting their day here before they hit the trails or head to work.”

According to the Michels, most of the shop has stayed the same — the coffee, crew and grub. They recently purchased a panini grill and sandwich line, however, which expands offerings to lunch and early dinner. The menu is “simple and fresh.”

Kelly suggests patrons try Trailhead’s turkey pastrami reuben and her home-made pies. She also makes soups from scratch.

“We still use Laughing Dog’s recipes, which has helped with the transition,” she said, explaining that the name change was the biggest alteration to the shop.

“Kent and Suzanne set the foundation for this place,” she said. “We have kept it unique.”


The Michels have lived in the Grand Valley for more than four decades. John is a full-time mechanic at Honda Fuoco Motors (748 N. First St., Grand Junction). Kelly previously worked at local eateries like W.W. Peppers (753 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction), Sandella’s Coffee (1151 Elm Ave., Grand Junction) and Monument Village Coffee (2148 Broadway, Grand Junction). They have three grown children.

“It’s fun to watch people in line socialize with each other,” Kelly said of Trailhead Coffee Bar and Cafe. “Some spend all day here and it’s neat to meet those customers.”

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