Peace Coffee Retail Shops Close For Good
10 years ago, the staff, friends, family members, and neighbors of Peace Coffee poured their hearts into creating our first retail coffee shop location, Wonderland Park. From there it grew in many ways through our time at Lakewinds Co-op/Lyndale Gardens and most recently with our three shops in downtown Minneapolis. It has truly been a labor of love.
We have always aimed to make our coffee shops a tangible expression of our values; quirky, approachable and fun-loving, but serious when it comes to the quality of our coffee and our commitment to coffee farmers. We’re so proud of what we’ve built together: welcoming spaces for passionate conversation and opportunities for fueling creativity all via a supply chain extending from the coffee farm to your cup. We crafted delicious drinks and offered a menu that reflected our mission including sourcing from local farmers and businesses, preparing syrups in-house, and never skimping on ingredients or methods. Most importantly, we were privileged to have an incredible team of coffee curators that were a visible version of Peace Coffee to our amazing patrons. The sense of community, approachability, and unpretentiousness they created has been integral to what Peace Coffee is today and will be in the future.
We have learned so much over the past ten years, and we know that opening the shops made us a better company. Our learning went into warp speed in March when we moved to close our shops for the safety of our staff while trying to figure out how to stay safe and successful through the roasting business. The challenges imposed over the last 9 months caused us to think through many scenarios for the coffee shops and weigh the impacts of each one. After going through this process, we have made the difficult decision to not reopen the coffee shops (don’t worry, we’re still roasting and delivering packaged coffee to retailers around the Cities and shipping throughout the country). We are immensely grateful to our staff, incredible partners, and customers that made our coffee shop experiences meaningful and something we’ll keep close as we look ahead.
However, that’s not the end of the story…
We are excited to announce that Wildflyer Coffee, a Minneapolis-based non-profit specialty coffee company dedicated to providing job stability to youth experiencing homelessness, will take over Wonderland Park operations and reopen under their name in December. We will provide training and support for them and they will offer Peace Coffee when they open.
Wonderland Park has become a gathering place for neighbors, friends, coworkers, knitting groups, etc. as much as a destination for great coffee while studying or working, and we truly believe this built-in community combined with the amazing mission of Wildflyer will create an even more meaningful space for the Longfellow neighborhood.