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Coffee company opens shop downtown
A local coffee company has opened a new coffee shop downtown.
Ferris Coffee & Nut said today it opened the 1,300-square-foot coffee shop in Grand Rapids in the Trust Building, at 40 Pearl St. NW.
The shop will serve coffee and baked goods from the company’s Grand Rapids headquarters on Winter Avenue NW. The company also plans to offer small plates of food, as well as beer and wine.
The location will be open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
The shop is part of a long-term growth strategy for Ferris Coffee & Nut to expand its retail operations. The same location was the site of a Ferris pop-up shop during ArtPrize, and the new location location was a nearly two-year endeavor, said David VanTongeren, director of retail, Ferris Coffee & Nut.
VanTongeren said the shop is set up more for the business community than the company's West Side location, which is near the Grand Valley State University campus.
“We wanted something that fit within the neighborhood,” VanTongeren said. “The building itself is very historic, and we didn’t want to do something here that would take away from that, but we also wanted to feel like whatever we did here was relevant to the customers we’re trying to serve.”
Founded in 1924, Ferris Coffee & Nut roasts and distributes coffee and nuts across the Midwest.
Along with its headquarters and roasting facility, Ferris also has a coffee shop at 227 Winter Ave. NW.
Ferris is this year’s official coffee sponsor for ArtPrize, including a special coffee, and provided coffee as an ingredient for Founders Brewing Co.’s ArtPrize beer, Pale Joe.