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The Coffee Exchange announces expansion project

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COURTESY THE COFFEE EXCHANGE
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As part of major renovations to the 500 block of South Tejon Street, The Coffee Exchange will undergo some changes over spring and summer 2018.

“We are going to definitely take the Coffee Exchange up to new levels and new heights,” says co-owner Andy Schlesinger. That’s a literal statement, too — he and co-owner Kim Outlaw will add a second-story mezzanine. They’re also expanding into the adjacent space previously occupied by Years Ahead Salon and doubling their patio space. All told, they’ll be more than doubling their seating, going from 60 or 70 to a planned 165 seats.
Location Details The Coffee Exchange
526 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
635-0277
Coffee/Tea and Coffee Shop

“It’s a dream come true,” says Schlesinger. “It’s a big project, so we started a GoFundMe... in the hopes that we can get some money to offset the costs there.”

He adds that they’ve been suffering from growing pains for some time now. Events like their waffle brunches or salsa nights often had customers dancing or eating waffles on the sidewalk outside the business. They’ll also be adding full kitchen facilities and offering a mix of international foods, with some vegan and vegetarian items — Schlesinger specifically mentions Argentinian, Cuban and Peruvian offerings. When we spoke, they were hoping to source grass-fed beef from Flying B Bar Ranch in Strasburg, Colorado. They’ll also be adding specialty desserts care of pastry chef Kylie Helmuth, formerly of The Broadmoor.

That does mean, however, they’ll be closing down Bella’s Bakery and Café. Until the kitchen in the Coffee Exchange is complete, they will continue to use it as their kitchen and bakery, but the future after that is up in the air.
Location Details Bella's Bakery and Bistro
3 E. Bijou St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
434-8957
Bakeries and Café/Sandwich

Outlaw says they plan to start renovations in mid- to late-April, depending on permits, with completion estimated between mid-July and late August. They’ll start by renovating the former salon space, hoping to avoid or minimize any closure, so as to mitigate loss of pay for their employees.

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