Born in Northern California, Johnelle grew up all over the West, finishing high school in Declo, Idaho. Inspired by photos of picturesque North Idaho, Johnelle moved to Moscow to pursue a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Architecture from the University of Idaho. Throughout the years she spent earning her degree, Johnelle worked at OEC Boise, for the University of Idaho Design Resource Center, and in coffee shops as a barista - fostering her second love of coffee.
Upon graduation, Johnelle moved to Sandpoint and opened Understory Coffee and Tea with her fiance, starting at Boden to get the best of both worlds - design and cafe ownership! When she isn’t working, Johnelle spends time outside with her fiance and three dogs, or on creative projects like woodworking.