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Local Eats: New coffee shop brings specialty drinks to Grand Rapids neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new coffee shop is opening in Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood.

Sparrows Coffee opened at a location inside Kingma’s Market, 2225 Plainfield Ave. NE, on Thursday, June 24. The full-service coffee shop has indoor seating for 14 people and offers a wide selection of drinks including lattes and cortados, espresso, drip coffee, cold brew coffee and more.

“We want people to take a break from their hectic routine and be able to just hang out and have a coffee and feel relaxed,” said Tim Volkema, CEO of Sparrows Coffee and its parent company, Schuil Coffee.

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Higher Grounds Specialty Coffee in Freeport closes after 17 years

FREEPORT — Cynthia Faulkner toiled for more than two decades in the financial services industry when heroffice in Freeportsuddenly shut down in 2004.

So, after some brainstorming, she decided to open Higher Grounds Specialty Coffee & Tea, 1709 S. West Ave.

“I was kind of looking for a second act and the idea came to me that Freeport could really use a nice coffee shop on the south end of town,” Faulkner said. “So, I started doing some research and found this great location, which I knew was perfect, and I just kind of rolled with it.”

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