“We’ve been looking downtown for a while,” says Rising Star Coffee Roasters GM Robert Stockham. Apparently, they found just the right spot.
Within the next 90 days, Rising Star will open a retail coffee shop in the Old Arcade. The 700-square-foot shop (412 Superior Ave.), formerly Al Wilhelmy Flowers, is located directly adjacent to the post office. The storefront enjoys access to both Superior Avenue and the Arcade.
Since opening up its first shop and roastery in Ohio City three years ago, Rising Star opened a second retail location in Little Italy this past fall. Just recently, the company relocated the roasting operations from its cramped Ohio City shop to a roomy warehouse space in the Hildebrandt Building.
Stockham says despite being located downtown, the new store will stick to the same hours of operation as the Ohio City location, remaining open until at least 6 p.m. every day of the week.
“We would like to think that there’s an opportunity for business after dark,” Stockham says, mentioning not only his neighbor the Hyatt, but also the Cleveland Public Library, the new hotels going up, and the general rise in downtown dwellers. “At 98-percent occupancy, I think we have to make a firm commitment to being downtown.”
Stockham is excited for Rising Star to join other fine downtown coffee shops, like Pour, Vintage Tea and Coffee, Erie Island and Phoenix.
“One of the most exciting things about going downtown is that there is competition,” he explains. “When you have competition nearby, it just raises the bar for everyone. The more people who come into your shop, the more people who become third wave coffee customers, not only helps you – it helps your competitors, too.”
In addition to its retail shops, Rising Star Coffee can be found at fine restaurants throughout the region.