Coffee & (___)

Coffee & (___)

Coffee & (___) [read: Coffee and Blank], a once Revolve DEGC pop-up and D:hive BUILD graduate, has become a mainstay in the Jeff-Chalmers retail strip. Inside, owner Angela Foster bakes a smorgasbord each day–insert one of those into the (___) and you have that day’s name for the business. Today is Coffee & Dark Chocolate Vanilla Almond Cake. It’s not always dessert–although I do have a special dance for when it’s Coffee & Key Lime Pie. Angela has served me some amazing quiche and egg strata. I just scarfed down that chocolate vanilla cake and am already hungry again. I should move on to the look of the place. As soon as you walk in, a large painting of RUN-D.M.C. grabs your attention (hands-off, it’s mine!) (can anyone buy it for me? please). Accompanying the RUN painting is an assortment of photos, paintings, and a mural collage (the former two types of art are for sale). As a detail-oriented person, I am mighty appreciative of the fresh flowers on the tabletops. Coffee & (___) was decorated on a pop-up budget, but it looks more like someone really wanted to have a shop where she could share good coffee and baked goods with the folks of Jeff-Chalmers–and Angela accomplished just that. Even the concrete floors are cozy. Brooklyn be jealous.

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Photo courtesy of Jonathon Arntson.

While Coffee & Blank is Deep East, it’s easy to get to for Detroiters and those in the eastern suburbs. I recommend taking the Chalmers exit on 94 or Jefferson. Both are scenic routes. Even better, bike there. If you lack a bicycle, as I did until recently, Hello Again, recently opened up next door as a record store in the vein of Corktown’s Hello Records. In addition to the swell inventory of records, Hello Again is also carrying a small but purposeful collection of road bikes and cruisers. My best friend just purchased my birthday gift there in the form of a gleaming, kelly green 1975 Schwinn Suburban.

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Photo courtesy Jonathon Arntson

Coffee & (___) also works well as an event space. In June, the East Jefferson SOUP organization had its inaugural, quarterly micro-granting dinner at the cafe. The coffee shop is also a good place to find out about events in the area, or info on local CSA’s.


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grew up in Ludington where I spent most of my summers at the beach or napping afterward to the lingering rhythm of the waves. I moved to Detroit in September of 2013 to attend Wayne State University. When I’m not studying about communications or urban studies, I adventure around the streets of Detroit to learn my real lessons. Some of my favorite things about the Mitten are Jeffrey Eugenides, Tigers baseball, Michigan brews, UpNorth, and, of course, the Great Lakes. I love receiving responses to my thoughts–if you’re so inspired!