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hi, we are the Vital family


We are a little family of 4, Washington locals who met in New Zealand, and share a love for quality coffee.

We got our start with The Stand in 2021 on San Juan Island. Shortly after, we moved to the North Seattle region and operated the cart there for a time! Now we have pivoted to adapt to being a small family in a big city with lots of dreams. 

Once we moved to Seattle we decided to take a hiatus on the coffee cart and focus on our family, and some bigger projects and goals. 

In our hiatus time we have;

- Wrote a children’s book called the ABC’s of Coffee

- Placed 5th place in The Barista League competition in Gothenburg Sweden

- Stephen has earned his SCA certification and started roasting AMAZING coffee.

 & Finally, 

- Created an online course to teach you how open and run a successful coffee cart.

This course will cover everything we needed and more in order to save you time and money when starting your coffee cart!

Though our business looks a little different than normal now, it is full of exciting uncharted territory, and we cannot thank you enough for supporting our dream and drinking good coffee!

& this is The Stand

The name “The Stand” is well… exactly that! A coffee stand yes… but a stand for something. That’s kinda our whole thing as humans, we all stand for something

The idea for The Stand was born years ago in the mind & heart of our owner and admin, Abbie Vital. Abbie has been a barista for 8 years and has been dreaming of these days; the making coffee and making a difference days. Abbie presented the business plan and idea to her husband,

Stephen, and he was all for it. Together they made it happen. Stephen built the cart from scratch and Abbie designed & painted it. Together, we agonized over how to jump through legal hoops, get that health department on board, how to transport our cart, how to book events, and how to price events, etc. etc. etc. We were left to our own devices and whatever we could scrap together from Pinterest, google, and lots of government policies.


It was definitely full of surprises, good and bad, but ultimately, we loved owning the cart, and finally after 2 years of trial and error felt like we had it DOWN! But once we welcomed our second kiddo, we realized that owning a mobile business, in a city, with two kids, and no family nearby, was maybe just too much for this season and decided to put the cart on pause until the kids are bigger and could be involved.

Now The Stand has become out little business umbrella, or anchor? We called ourselves the Stand because we have always wanted to take a Stand for good honest work, for people, and for good craft coffee, and the vision is still the same but with different avenues. 

With our business we are still intentional about making stands. Every event we have done we have given 10% of our sales from said event “standing for” a cause.

Even now, for every course, book, or bag of coffee we sell we donate 10%! 

A few organizations we have supported & stood for are; Plant with Purpose, the SJI Family Resource Center, A21, Every Mother Counts, A Jesus Mission, Destiny Rescue, the SJI Community Foundation, Soroptimist of FH, Not for Sale, and local families in need.

Take a stand with us &

drink good coffee while doing it!

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