BEAR was conceived out of a shared passion for good coffee, good people and good times. Founded by lifelong friends, Craig & Michael, BEAR was first realised whilst the pair were playing around on an at-home espresso machine that Craig had picked up from a supermarket and installed in his Dad’s shed.

Inspired by Craig’s travels in Australia, paired with Michael’s adventurous Royal Marines background, the entrepreneurial pair identified a gap in the local market and set out to create a brand which would bring people together in beautiful spaces, to connect over great products. They took on a derelict space at the top of the High Street in their hometown of Uttoxeter, and BEAR opened its doors in February 2016. It’s been the busiest spot in town ever since. 

Following the success of store number 1, our Founding Investor Chris Price joined the team to enable Craig & Michael to develop their vision for BEAR. Chris also played an integral part in The brand has since grown to employ over 100 people in our physical stores, online store and Central HQ, and spans across the midlands and beyond!

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