The artists papering the neighborhood with anti-gentrification “karmic infraction” notices missed an obvious target. There is now a fancy latte shop just down the E Union hill from 23rd and neighboring a cannabis shop. No, the other cannabis shop.
Union Coffee opened Tuesday and is now serving lattes, Americanos, and more brewed from Victrola beans and backed by the business acumen of Zack Reinig who helped spouse Molly Moon Neitzel grow her Seattle ice cream empire.
Reinig said while the activists passed over the shop now open at 2407 E Union he has plans to try honor at least one important part of the Central District’s place in Black Seattle — its music. He hopes the upper loft can turn into a space to host what he calls “sessions” featuring local musicians — especially some of the old timers who still call the Seattle area home.
During morning and midday hours, the loft will give laptop jockeys in the neighborhood a place to work. The clean, bright space was designed by architect Jen Duhamel with help from Linda Derschang. Linda is apparently into clean walls and big squishy leather couches these days. The shop is currently open 7 AM to 6 PM and also serves baked goods and yogurt bowls.
Union Coffee sports the same employment structure and benefits that have been much-lauded at Molly Moon’s. For now, Reinig has a simple plan for Union Coffee success. “I just want to keep above water for a year or so until the next giant building comes,” Reinig said, well aware of the wave of development crashing down at 23rd and Union. Union Coffee makes its home in The Stencil, itself a brand new, four-story, mixed-use development. Its neighbor Feed Co. Burgers, from the Staples family behind Quinn’s Pub, remains under construction.
UPDATE: We’ve done it in past posts so might as well include a reminder here that the area is also home to a handful of coffee shops including nearby Cortona, Katy’s Corner, Tougo, and, down 23rd, 701 Coffee. Meanwhile, salon + coffee shop Squirrel Chops is coming soon to E Union at 22nd.
Union Coffee is located at 2407 E Union. You can learn more at facebook.com/UnionCoffeeSeattle.