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Enthusiasm brewing again at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse

Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted PhotoTom Cordova, the new owner and manager of Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse and Deli poses in his store.

Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse and Deli has quietly transformed under new ownership into a local iconic eatery that reflects the spirit of the locale, serving fast and friendly fare in a rustic yet welcoming atmosphere and brewing up its own brand of hot local coffee.

The new owner and manager, Tom Cordova, has been using his 34 years of catering and restaurant experience and his boundless energy and enthusiasm to transform the place and its waning spirit has been revived.

Born in New York and raised right here in Colorado, Tom is adventurous and kind, he’s warm and friendly, and weaves all that gusto into those irresistible Sacred Grounds specialty style sandwiches that are as beautiful as the Colorado Rockies. Well, almost as beautiful. He’s serving up new proprietary coffee blends that he likes to call a Glenwood Springs brand of coffee. “This is a coffeehouse and we needed to have our own brand of coffee. In cahoots with True Brew Coffee Service in Rifle, we’re mixing beans from all over the world to create our own proprietary blends of light, dark, decaf, and hazelnut coffees. We’re selling our bags of proprietary blends, whole bean or fresh ground here at the deli and on our website in the near future.”

The new catering service, which has been growing in popularity with its free local delivery, is what the deli really needed. “I am really excited about this, and I know our customers appreciate it,” says Tom. “I want everyone to know they can call us a day or two in advance and order their favorites menu items for the next big event. The hard-working locals want breakfast and lunch for business meetings, or they want to grab a complete breakfast or lunch, including beverage and dessert before they have to rush back to the office. The tourists and local adventure companies can order our souvenir backpack meals to take with them on their next outdoor adventure, whether it be skiing, hiking, or fishing. We make it fresh and fast, and of course with a big smile of appreciation for their business!”

“Even though we are going through a lot of changes, we still have not changed those items on the menu that remain the favorites of our loyal customers. We still serve our fresh fruit smoothies, ice cream, and shakes. We still have our local bulletin board and our supply of daily local newspapers. But when our customers come in and order, they’re not just a number. They’re a celebrity. I mean that literally. They are called to pick up their order with a celebrity name, such as John Elway, Sting or Michelle Pfeiffer. This never fails to lighten up the atmosphere and put a smile on everyone’s face. I love it,” says Tom.

Now that Tom’s vision has become a reality, he still remains humble. “I am very happy to be here in Glenwood Springs and I know I can rely on loyal customers to help me build my vision for success. “The secret combo of success in this business and this economy depends on service and value first. I don’t take my customers for granted. I make sure they feel they’re getting great food at a great price, and a warm and comfortable ambiance to enjoy it in. And I think the restaurant has to reflect its surroundings. We want to mirror the city’s charming and adventurous spirit. I want travelers to remember us fondly and make sure that our local customers keep coming back for more.”

Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse and Deli has been a local favorite for more than 10 years. Address: 725 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO. Contact Tom at 928-8804 for more information. Stop in to Sacred Grounds and try their free coffee offer on Tuesdays while it lasts and sample the versatile warm flavor of Glenwood Springs. You can find Sacred Grounds on facebook or on the web at http://www.sacredgrounds.biz.

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