Although Grand Rapids holds the title of, ‘Beer City USA’ the city also crafts some other exceptional drinks too, such as coffee. The coffee culture is grounded (ha, like our pun?) in community, modernization, and love for both the craft and the people. Grand Rapid’s passion for craft coffee probably parallels your passion for your business and your clients. Take your next client to a coffee shop that cares just as much for their clients as you do yours! We chatted with Kyle Visser, Realtor with Keller Williams East, about a few of our favorite spots in Grand Rapids.
Rowster Coffee – You like good coffee, and we have some great coffees – just for you.
Now with three locations, it is hard to live in Grand Rapids and not hear buzz-worthy talk about Rowster Coffee: Rowster’s Coffee in the Wealthy Street District, Rower’s Club in the thriving Westside, as well as, their latest cafe in Kingma’s in Ada, Mi.
Which location to bring your clients to:
Rower’s Club is your best option with its high ceilings and a bright energizing atmosphere filled with plenty of tables to work on or converse around. There is even a sneaky corner, where you can really feel more private with your meeting. But the real focal point to this location is the huge community table along the center of the coffee shop. Fun fact – the community table is actually a piece from the Mackinac Bridge!
Madcap – We share coffee that is alive and inspires us.
Another coffee shop booming with three locations, madcap can be found far and wide. Madcap follows a minimalist, yet quality approach to the coffee enjoyment.
Which location to bring clients to:
All of them. Sitting at any one of their three locations is a perfect atmosphere for meeting with a client. Whether you are in the heart of downtown or find yourself in the downtown market, wanting every type of food imaginable at your fingertips or feeling a bit cozier in a nearby neighborhood, Madcap can fit each of these needs.
The Sparrows – Dedicated to serving coffee with hard work, kindness, and inclusivity.
This local coffee shop has been around since 2007! They have two locations: Uptown & West side. Not only do they offer thoroughly crafted coffee and an extensive selection of teas but they have a warm and inviting space where the community can gather! If you visit the Bridge Street location, you will be happy to see that in the back, Books & Mortar opened a charming a pop up shop.
Which location to bring clients to:
Depends what side of town you are on! The décor is similar at both, cozy and inviting.
Lightfast Coffee + Art – Striving for excellence through responsible sourcing and careful crafting of coffee, tea, soda and baked goods.
Equally supportive of their artists, as well as, their coffee, Lightfast is a great option for one-on-one meetings. Their space caters more towards solo or small group gatherings. You will not find large group seating or an ambiance that welcomes large gatherings, leaving the thought of loud crowds and chaos a mere glitch in the mind.
Ferris Coffee & Nut – Come experience our passion in a way that is approachable for all to enjoy!
Roots is just that–their space is very inviting to feel collaborative with those around you. Don’t worry, when you visit roots, this doesn’t mean you HAVE to chat and get to know those around you. You can definitely have a perfect meeting or work solo too, but Roots just radiates the vibe of community with their repurposed furniture arranged in groups and the conversations heard all around. Oh, and if you are hungry too, they have some of the best bagels and spreads in town. Yeah, we said it. The egg spread to accompany your bagel does not disappoint nor do their rotating soups!
Lyon Street Cafe– A welcoming neighborhood café providing the highest quality in beverages and baked goods to all who enter our unique establishment!
Upon walking into Lantern you are welcomed by a cozy atmosphere and intimate coffee drink creating at your fingertips. Lyon St. Cafe is a great neighborhood destination. We love this spot for later afternoon meetings. Whether you are looking for a coffee drink, or a happy hour drink, they have it all! Don’t forget to try their wide variety of sweets 🙂
Is coffee not your thing? Check out our guide to the Top 5 Bars for Meetings in Grand Rapids!