What: Blue Star Espresso, 28 6th St. W., Roundup
What’s the back story? In the mid-1990s, Norma and Pete Zolnikov were looking to relocate to Montana from their home in Oregon City, Ore. Pete said they picked Roundup because it felt like home. In Oregon, Pete ran a fire equipment business, which he said “is 4,000 times different” than a coffee shop.
Why build a dome? Pete decided to build a dome-shape coffee shop for Norma to run because she wanted a coffee shop and he wanted a no-maintenance building. The bright blue dome opened in 1997, a bit of a shock to the neighbors, Pete said.
“They had a post out there with wood around it and I thought they were going to burn me at the stake,” Pete joked.
Why is there is a hookah in the house? The Zolnikovs’ children like to pick up items for their parents from their travels. The Blue Star also has a metal singing bowl that was made in India and wooden toys from around the U.S. They also have John Deere vintage tractor coloring books for sale and old-time games to play, including Shoot the Moon.