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WEB EXCLUSIVE Need a caffeine fix and want to support a good cause at the same time? Enter 321 Coffee at Bloc.
3… 2… 1… 321 Coffee is opening a new location within the courtyard of the Bloc development at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Glenwood Avenue this spring (fingers crossed for May!)—the second new 321 location to percolate, if you will (the first, on the 19th floor of the Raleigh Crossing building in partnership with Pendo.)
For those who may not be familiar, beyond brewing up beans, 321 Coffee’s mission is to employ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community—with its two new “hot” spots locations further answering the call.
Keeping you sated and caffeinated seven days a week with the trademark upbeat vibe fans dig about the OG State Farmers Market spot, the new 500-square-foot Bloc benevolent bean spot will also feature a full coffee menu with rotating specials, as well as pastries from A Place at the Table (!)—plus an accessible standing bar and ample outdoor seating (a stone’s throw from the defunct Helios that may finally give those displaced Java fans another Glenwood South patio to park it on).
“When we announced [the location], we had so many people reach out to us and say ‘this is walking distance from my condo’…and that just makes me really happy,” says 321 Coffee CEO Lindsay Wrege. “I’m very excited to have it a little bit more cemented in Downtown Raleigh with all that Raleigh stands for with inclusion.”
And given the ample outdoor space and amphitheater in Bloc’s courtyard, there’s plenty of room for community entertainment.
“One idea I’d love to flesh out once we get there would be looking at different programming that we can do,” says Wrege. “One barista, for example, he’s a great guitar player—it would just be so fun to let him play guitar outside, or have a vendor or pop-up market or a talent show. I think there’s just so much opportunity to build community there.”
So clearly, it’s heating up to be a brew-tiful thing, indeed.
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