LIMA — Vibe Coffeehouse & Cafe, a new type of coffee shop , created by two Lima natives, is expected to open by summer of 2018 at 311 E. Market St.
Lima Senior graduates Carlton McLellan and William Steward Jr., decided to start a coffee business as a way to emulate urban coffee shops around the country that McLellan had visited and grew to enjoy.
The two men hope to provide a space where their customers can enjoy their coffee, socialize, relax and work in a unique and comfortable environment. They also hope to expose the community to other world cultures through their love of coffee.
“It will be a peaceful, yet vibrant atmosphere fit for an up and coming, modernizing downtown; with plenty of room to “stretch out”, savor the smells of coffee roasting and brewing, while enjoying some of the best coffee in the city, and relaxing socializing, working, or people-watching,” said McLellan in a news release.”Such as venue does not currently exist in downtown Lima, and Vibe wishes to be that place that will be fitting for a growing, modernizing, and vibrant downtown.”
The new coffee shop will be located inside the 311 Building’s warehouse. The decor will consist of exposed brick walls, diverse seating options, large glass-front loading dock garage doors, coffee antiques, unique tables, photos, maps and art from coffee-producing countries.
The coffee shop will offer sourced coffees from countries around the world like Africa as well as local sourcing and roasting. Customers can choose from specialty coffees, espresso-based drinks, cappuccinos, frappes, and small food items.
“These three factors — a centralized location in a high- volume traffic area, a cool and unique “vibe” and diverse, delicious, locally roasted coffees — will hopefully be our formula for success,” said McLellan in a news release. “We are excited to join the Downtown Lima family, and cannot wait to open our doors and begin serving and partnering with the community late summer or early fall of 2018.”
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