That’s by design, business co-owner Sam Schroeder said Wednesday, adding that the choice of location exposes the cafe to a potential hub of activity.
The new location, which is expected to open March 1, is in the Wildwood building at 2824 Capitol Blvd. in Olympia, occupying 1,000 square feet of retail space between Desserts by Tasha Nicole and a new produce market called Spud’s, Schroeder said.
“I think the best thing about the Wildwood building is the intersection of the four neighborhoods,” he said.
This is the third cafe for a growing coffee roaster, which was recognized by Roast Magazine as the 2013 Micro Roaster of the Year. It has a cafe at its downtown Olympia headquarters on Cherry Street and one on Harrison Avenue on Olympia’s west side.
“It’s part of our business plan to expand into neighborhood cafes,” co-owner Oliver Stormshak said.
The new cafe’s design will have a modern, hand-crafted, Northwest feel, incorporating Tumwater-based Windfall Lumber products into its design, Schroeder said. It also will have a wraparound bar with seating. The business expects to hire seven baristas for the new location, he said.
After the Capitol Boulevard location, the next cafe might bring Olympia Coffee to the city’s Eastside neighborhood, Schroeder said.