A note from Seth McCoy, one of the owners of Groundswell…
Groundswell Coffee began the resurrection project of the coffeeshop at 1342 Thomas Ave in December of 2009. We scraped together as much money as we could, asked a bunch of our friends to volunteer their time at the espresso machine, and opened Groundswell Coffee. We committed ourselves to local high quality coffee roasters, and to source everything we reasonably could from the Twin Cities. We invited musicians who could play for free, offered our walls to local artists, and installed a patio with our own money.
In September of 2011, calamity struck in the form of a collapsed ceiling. We closed our doors, hoping we could make the necessary repairs and reopen. It took us three months, but we were able to transform our dilapidated space into a clean, bright space to gather our neighbors again. Realizing that volunteer baristas could only take us so far, we transitioned to a completely paid staff. We also partnered with Dogwood Coffee to train our baristas with the expertise of the best roasters and baristas in the Twin Cities. Groundswell has been a labor of love, with my co-owner Tim and me pouring in our time and money to keep the doors open while working other jobs.
In December of 2012, our good next-door neighbors Borealis Yarns closed their doors after nine years on the corner. We weren’t sure what to do. We were sad to see them go, and a little concerned over what kind of tenant would take the space and how our community would change on this corner. At the same time, we had been dreaming with some friends about building a bakery and food kitchen, and offering local craft beer and wine, but our space was too small. We had been listening to our neighbors, wishing we all had a local place, owned by neighbors, that we could walk to with our kids, enjoy a good meal including a beer, and spend time with our old and new neighbors.
In January of 2013, we signed the lease and began the buildout. We opened our new place May 31 2013 and are proud to bring you the new Groundswell. We hope you enjoy it and share it with others.