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March 21, 2013
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Grand Junction's new Downtown Coffee shop aims to bring community together

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Though Downtown Coffee only opened last week, the concept is a long time in the making. Located on historic Main Street across from the Avalon Theatre, it can be found in the old Coffee Muggers spot.

"The dream really came alive six years ago," owner and operator Paul Watson said.

Watson, who is also the senior pastor at Downtown Vineyard Church (which congregates at the Avalon Theatre), has long wanted to run a coffee shop that gives back to the community.

"Coffee causes community," Watson said, who also noted that "about 80 percent of people visit coffee shops" locally, while only "22 percent of people in Grand Junction go to church on the weekends."

And Downtown Coffee's mission is to simply be a community gathering place, aimed at connecting people and supporting good local causes.

"The coffee shop will fund programs through coffee sales," Watson noted. "Tips go to causes, not employees."

In fact, any money earned through Downtown Coffee outside of operations costs will go to bettering the community. For example, Watson said the shop will give back to local nonprofits like United Way and Partners.

"We are a nonprofit," he added.

Downtown Coffee serves hot and warm beverages, plus sandwiches, bagels and other goodies.

Leah Rice, the shop manager, also said Downtown Coffee is currently hiring. They're looking for special folks with good people skills.

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