ORLANDO, Florida. Pay-what-you-want coffee shop Downtown Credo is preparing to close the doors of its Health Village AdventHealth location.
The company announced the closure of the store, located at 550 E. Rollins St., in an Instagram post.
“I am pleased to announce that July will be our last month in this space,” the post reads.
According to the announcement, the coffee shop’s last day of operation will be Thursday, July 27.
“Our lease came up and they (AdventHealth) had different ideas as to what they wanted to use the space for and so they are going to do it. The lease just didn’t get renewed,” Ben Hoyer told Downtown Credo co-owner.
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Despite the closure, Hoyer said the business remains on solid footing.
“We opened (a new location) a couple of months ago downtown (YMCA) at Mills 50 and then we have one on North Orange (Ave) and our brazier at Credo Conduit,” he said.
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Hoyer added that he is also working to expand what Downtown Credo has to offer to its customers.
The YMCA location was used as a pilot program to add catering to Downtown Credo’s offerings.
“We have our own chef who takes care of the plants. And so (they) make avocado toast and sunflower toast in the morning, breakfast sandwiches that are vegetarian and then some with egg. (They) have lunch bowls and cocktails. The food is really first class,” Hoyer said.
The pilot program, led by chef Di Orellana, proved successful as Hoyer said it would expand to the Downtown Credo location on North Orange Avenue.
In addition, Hoyer added that the company has been able to forge new partnerships with international coffee producers, thanks in large part to their new coffee director, Nathan Fields.
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“He expanded on our coffee roots, established some new relationships with growers, created some new blends and roast profiles. So our range of coffees is bigger than ever,” Hoyer said.
With the expansion of its coffee line, Downtown Credo has also launched a subscription service for customers to receive the store’s signature blends right to their door.
In addition to food and coffee, a bookseller has also appeared in the North Orange store.
“So there is a really cool local bookstore, there are books that share this space with us. So it’s a fun place to hang out,” he said.
As for what’s next for the “name your price” coffee shop, Hoyer said he’s focused on making sure the remaining two locations perform at their best.
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