A 7-year-old e-commerce coffee roastery is going big for its first foray into the retail scene, rolling out Tesla sedans with men in black suits for the opening of its new coffee bar in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
Storyville Coffee, which operates a roastery on Bainbridge Island and sells coffee and branded home coffee accesories online, has been heavily marketing the new coffee bar, saying things like “this is where art and science merge and talk goes out the window. This is where we’ve focused the core of our brand.” The new space is in the market’s top floor, at 94 Pike Street, #34, in the space formerly occupied by Chez Shea. The official public opening is Oct. 1.
Rarely would you see such a massive investment in such a prime space from an online-only micro roastery, but it helps to understand that the coffee company was founded by Jon Phelps, a founder of Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. Phelps’ co-presidents are Jamie Munson, a high-profile pastor and author of faith-based motivational books, and Kris Rosentrater, who runs the roasting operation.
(all photos by Storyville Coffee)