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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 1 comment

Our ultimate vision: to keep the small, local independents alive and THRIVING!

Paris on the Platte, Denver, CO

Paris on the Platte’s Sidewalk Sandwich Sign in LoDo, Denver

I had a long conversation yesterday with a coffeehouse owner about the business of owning a coffeehouse … you know, the challenges associated with keeping it going on a daily basis.  “The margin in coffee is just so low”, he said.

His coffeehouse has been in Denver for over 20 years and also has experience in fine dining.  He has chosen to diversify his offerings to include alcohol and live music in the evenings.  The location of the coffeehouse used to be a popular destination, but now sits on a very busy neighborhood street and feels it is lost in the shuffle.

He indicated these as his biggest challenges:

  1. Keeping overhead low; especially getting reasonable pricing on dry goods and condiments from suppliers
  2. Attracting and keeping knowledgeable, involved baristas
  3. Staying abreast of the growing, changing coffee culture both locally and globally in the midst of a 7-day work week
  4. Finding that niche again: offering unique products, services that keep customers returning

This is where I’d love to help by creating a community of coffeehouse owners  to support each other, where they can build camaraderie and brainstorm ideas.  Where I could assist them in building a co-op to purchase products and services that help their bottomline while maintaining a thriving local economy.  Let’s just do it!

Contact me at if you’d like to find out more about my vision.

Luvin’ Local, Lisa

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 0 comments

The Desk, Capitol Hill Neighborhood, Denver Colorado

I watched in anticipation as the older building near the capitol was being remodeled.  Most notable was the sign painted on the side of the old brick wall facing Grant Street. 

The simplicity of it captured my attention … very mysterious. Soooo I went to the website to see if this was going to be a writer’s haven-type coffeehouse.  No information.  I was devastated at the time.

The mystery was solved last week.  I scheduled to meet my web developer there for a meeting and it was brilliantly designed and meticulously planned for writers, developers, students.  For those people that need to focus for long periods of time in a cool environment.

Front of the house is a coffeehouse with tables, chairs, wifi, and a bubbly water fountain (awesomeness).

Back of the house contains small offices, a conference room, a very loooong table with lots of outlets for computers and other electronic paraphernalia.  There is a fee for this area; by the hour or with a monthly membership.

This coop workspace AND coffeehouse rules in my book!

The Desk
230 East 13th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Mon–Fri 7am-9pm
Sat-Sun 8am-8pm
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Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 0 comments

Art & Coffee @ Tenn Street Coffee, Denver, Colorado


Check out that rubber tree plant!

This coffeehouse sits proudly in Denver’s Berkeley Neighborhood near the old Elitch Gardens location surrounded by brick bungalows, art galleries, pubs, music shops, and the old Oriental Theater.  I swung by on my way to a fundraiser for Colorado wildfire recovery and found it full of vitality.  







The walls covered in art and tall book shelves that create coves for studying and writing ~ great creative spaces!

They are also a full-on internet cafe!  For the price of a cuppa joe you can access the world wide web from one of 4 computers.  You don’t find this much in the US, but sure hope we see more of it for us travelers 🙂

Visit them at:
Tenn Street Coffee & Books
4418 Tennyson Street
Denver, Colorado 80212


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Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 0 comments

Smile! Happy Coffee, SoBo Neighborhood, Denver Colorado

Happy corner

Happy Coffee was grinning from ear to ear on Saturday afternoon!

It was full of people attempting to stay cool from the scorching 100 degree day.  The pub next door was hosting a local music festival … and that prime corner in the SoBo (South Broadway) Neighborhood was hopping!

This place has a very crisp vibe to it.  The furniture has clean lines made with metal and raw wood.  The barista was wearing a lemon-yellow shirt and evoked happiness, and what a smile.  Perfect!  Haha … he made me laugh as he poured me the strongest iced toddy EVER!

Let’s just say I was very chatty, yet productive all afternoon.  Tee hee.

Happy Coffee CO
1 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
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