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Coffee company maps next urban café

June 23, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Rowster’s coffee shop is located in Grand Rapids’ Wealthy Street neighborhood. Photo via fb.com

A growing coffee company has secured space in town for its new café concept.

West-side spot

Rowster Coffee will open the café as part of Fulton Place on Grand Rapids’ west side, at 616 Fulton W, according to Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction, developer of the mixed-use building, today.

The café, called The Rower’s Club, is expected to open in September in a 1,400-square-foot space on the first floor of Fulton Place.

The Rower’s Club name is inspired by the location of the new shop near the Grand River, the Grand Valley State University crew team and the Rowster brand, said Kurt Stauffer, owner, Rowster Coffee.

“We are excited about this location being close to a college community, because it attracts and serves people from all walks of life,” said Stephen Curtis, VP, Rowster. “Some of the most impactful ideas originated in relationships formed amongst students, faculty and neighbors who met through college. We are thrilled to play a small role in that social integration.

Stauffer added that the company is "really excited about this special opportunity to build out the perfect café from the ground up with new construction."

“We are designing the space to offer high quality, quick drinks and snacks for people on the go, as well as a unique experience for neighbors to gather around coffee brewed to order,” Stauffer said.

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Rowster Coffee also operates a café on Wealthy Street SE and a roasting location off of South Division.

The company is also “moving forward” with plans for The Early Bird Café, a joint venture at the former Kava House location in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood, as well as opening a bakery in Lowell.

Fulton Place

An open house for the mixed-use development will be held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fulton Place features 109 apartments and includes studio, one, two and four-bedroom units, as well as four-bedroom townhomes. Units are furnished and include utilities, high speed Wi-Fi and in-unit laundry.

The Rower’s House is the first tenant announced for the project’s retail space.

“When we made the decision to move our Grand Rapids’ office to the west side, we actively began engaging in our new neighborhood,” said Mike Mraz, managing partner of real estate development, Rockford Construction. “What we heard from community members was a need for additional quality housing and neighborhood services. Fulton Place is offering both — a great mix of housing options along with first-floor retail.”

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