Opening this new location plays a key role in Ferris' growth strategy by expanding our retail footprint and re-introducing our brand to the greater downtown community," said David VanTongeren, Director of Retail for Ferris Coffee. "Coffee shops are indicative of a healthy neighborhood and our team is excited to be in the historical space and to serve our coffee in a fast-paced, professional environment. The smaller shop lends itself to a more intimate atmosphere, while the corner exposure continues to activate pedestrian-friendly development in downtown Grand Rapids."
The new coffee shop will serve customers from one of the most historic buildings in Grand Rapids. Embracing the historic nature of the Trust Building, Ferris Coffee stayed true to the building's character through the renovation, which included adding a custom exterior door in the original location of the entrance during the 1900s. The total space of the shop will be approximately 1300 sq. ft. located in the northwest corner on the first floor of the building.
Along with a team of 9 employees, Ferris Coffee has tapped Jessica Coles to serve as general manager for the newest location. Coles received a degree in hospitality tourism management, emphasizing in food and beverage, from Grand Valley State University and has nearly 10 years of experience in the coffee industry.
The downtown store will kick off right in line with ArtPrize with a schedule of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday.
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About Ferris Coffee & Nut Company
Ferris Coffee & Nut Company
Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. is a 92-year-old family-owned and –operated specialty coffee and nut roaster located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ferris aims to make specialty coffee approachable and accessible for everyone while building relationships that thrive through its product offerings. The company is committed to the responsible sourcing of its coffees to promote sustainability at all levels of the supply chain. Ferris' roasting facility and West Side coffee shop are located at 227 Winter Ave NW. Find Ferris on Facebook and Twitter.
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