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A new downtown Johnson City coffee shop has been approved to sell beer.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Johnson City Beer Board voted Tuesday night to grant a new downtown business its beer license.

Blue’s Brews began as an Airstream serving hot beverages like coffee, but the business will now have some colder and harder options.

Blue’s Brews opened its new brick-and-mortar location at 109 Cherry Street. Prior to its grand opening celebration on Saturday, the owners had applied for the license to offer more choices to customers.

Beer taps stand at the ready inside Blue’s Brews new location. Photo: WJHL

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How Kinfolx, Downtown Oakland’s New Coffee Shop, Celebrates Connection in the Black Community

“How do you maintain what Oakland was?” That’s a question attorney Creighton Davis, an Oakland resident, has pondered as he’s seen the town change over the past few decades. He misses the days when he’d be out with his dad, who’d point someone out and say, “That’s our kinfolk.”

The desire to celebrate the sense of connection that Oakland’s Black families once enjoyed inspired Davis, along with friends Nicole Reyes and Akintunde Ahmad, to create Kinfolx, a community-focused coffee shop and wine bar. They hope Kinfolx will become a neighborhood gathering place when it makes its soft opening on November

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Downtown coffee shop Alchemy plans transition to co-op model

Alchemy opened its brick-and-mortar shop in 2014. (Jack Jacobs photo)

In a bid to combat a tough labor market, the founder of a Richmond coffee shop wants to bring a cooperative ownership model to the business he started a decade ago.

Alchemy Coffee, which operates a cafe in Carver and a mobile coffee trailer, is working on a transition to cooperative ownership of the company.

Founder Eric Spivack said last week the shift to employee ownership is in its early stages and the timeline on restructuring would depend on how many employees decide they want to become part-owners.

Though Spivack

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Popular Orono coffee shop completes its expansion to downtown Bangor

A popular Orono coffee shop and eatery has opened a second location in downtown Bangor, nearly a year after the new spot was first announced.

Nest, which first opened on Main Street in Orono in 2016, quietly opened its new location last weekend at 25 State St. in downtown Bangor. It took more than a year for owners Li Yang and Anna Berube and manager Kate Anderson to renovate the space, which was formerly the home of Yankee Cobbler, a shoe repair business that closed after a devastating fire on Thanksgiving Day 2020.

Berube said it took quite a while

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Specialty coffee shops and cafes are opening around downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix has many great options for grabbing a cup of joe, and soon, coffee fans will have four new options to try.

One stylish cafe, open inside the MonOrchid building on Roosevelt Row, features decor inspired by both Tulum, Mexico, and the Scandinavian region of northern Europe.

A Portland, Oregon, transplant has taken up residence on Grand Avenue, and on the other side of Central Avenue, a new Arizona-themed coffee shop is scheduled to open near Margaret T. Hance Park later this summer. 

And fans of crepes rejoice: A local coffee and crepe chain is expanding to a bungalow

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