Muddy Boots Coffee House brews up family-friendly atmosphere in Mapleton

The first tenant in Maple River Town Square is giving people a place to connect and slow down their lives.

Kathryn Kingsley, co-owner of Muddy Boots Coffee House, cleans some of the equipment Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Mapleton, N.D., shop. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
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MAPLETON, N.D. - Good things are brewing on Mapleton’s south side.

Muddy Boots Coffee House recently opened in Maple River Town Square, with ice cream, baked goods and plenty of room for adults to gab and kids to play.

“I love having people in here. It just makes me so happy,” Kathryn Kingsley said Tuesday, Nov. 2.

“The one thing I like about (going to) coffee shops, I feel it‘s a time that people can come to connect and time can slow down,” said Kingsley, who co-owns the shop at 649 Knutson St. with her husband, Alex.


Kathryn Kingsley, co-owner of Muddy Boots Coffee House in Mapleton, N.D., talked about her family friendly coffee spot Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

Kingsley wanted a family friendly spot.

Customers say she filled the need.

Miranda Van Hoorn watched over her five children as they buzzed around the games corner.


“I’ve been dying to get here since they opened up,” Van Hoorn said. “It’s just the perfect place to come after school.”
Meanwhile, Jeanie Magee played with her grandchildren.

“We decided to come check it out. It’s nice to have a real coffee and ice cream shop,” Magee said.


A small "maker's market" corner includes jewelry, crafts, candles and other items made by local artisans on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Muddy Boots Coffee House in Mapleton, N.D. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

The grand opening was Monday, Nov. 1, with a weeklong soft opening in advance of that.

Beyond coffee, ice cream and home-baked bakery products, the shop also carries grab-and-go foods. Down the road, Kingsley would like to add a lunch menu of soups and sandwiches.

The coffee beans are supplied by Grand Forks-based ND Coffee Roastery (formerly Bully Brew Coffee Roastery). Bags of beans are also available for purchase.

Bottles of coffee syrup are ready for use Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Muddy Boots Coffee House in Mapleton, N.D. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

The 1,600 square-foot-java joint has a drive-up window, and a walk-up window for the patio area on the north side. There is also a “maker’s market” space, selling jewelry, crafts, candles and other items made by local artisans.

The Kingsleys moved to Mapleton about five years ago, and even then Kathryn said there was a need for another family friendly coffee shop.


When she saw the mall going up, “I just knew if I didn’t do it, someone else would. And I would always regret not taking that leap of faith,” Kingsley said.

Developer Justin Forde said his first tenant at Maple River Town Square has gotten the development off to a good start.

“We are so excited about having Muddy Boots there. The support from the community and the surrounding area for the Kingsleys in opening Muddy Boots, and giving Mapleton that place to gather and have coffee, is just a tremendous asset,” Forde said.

The shop’s name is a lighthearted nod to the muddy boots Kingsley saw daily as her four sons - Hudson, Porter, Samuel and Auggie - played around the house the couple built in Mapleton.

“There was mud everywhere,” Kingsley said, pointing to a photo on the wall that she had taken of her sons’ boots in the mud.

Muddy Boots Coffee House gets its name as a humorous nod to the regularly muddy boots of the sons of co-owner Kathryn Kingsley, captured in a photo that hangs on a wall of the shop Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6:30 to 4 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Kingsley said the hours will probably be adjusted after they get a good gauge on business through the day.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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