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Community Grounds Bringing Coffee Shop to South Side

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New business growth along Parsons Avenue has finally gained the momentum that many South Side neighborhood residents have been craving for years. The new three-story Village Pointe building is nearing completion, which will house Fitness Loft, Strut the Salon, Alchemy (juice bar) and a new restaurant from the owners of The Crest. Nearby, the old Avenue Bar was reborn as Whitt’s End Saloon earlier this summer. Hal & Al’s was recently converted to the new Tatoheads Public House. The street is even getting a brand new modern Columbus Metro Library branch location in the near future.

Joel Cosme Jr is looking to continue that momentum with the opening of Community Grounds, a new coffee shop and gathering place that will be located at 1124 Parsons Avenue, just north of Thurman Avenue.

“As a very active member of the Ganthers Place community, I’ve felt that the neighborhood was missing a business that tied itself strongly to the area,” explains Cosme. “For years I’ve had the idea of opening up a coffee shop and recently have had the wonderful opportunity of meeting professionals who are supportive of my dream. After hearing the thoughts and opinions of other South Side residents I knew that whatever was created had to involve them as directly as possible.”

Cosme says that his inspiration for the coffee shop is not just local. On a trip to Phoenix, he discovered Roosevelt Row, an urban neighborhood filled with small businesses that seemed to be an aspirational preview of what Parsons Avenue could become in the future. Of course, the South Side has its own unique history, including the 2,400 square foot building at 1124 Parsons Avenue where Community Grounds will set up shop.

“One of the great reasons why the location appealed to me is that it was once the original location for the Parsons Avenue Library,” says Cosme. “It was built in 1925 and served as the library for the area until the 1960s when another branch opened.”

Community Grounds expects to be operational by Spring 2015, and will serve coffee drinks, baked goods, and vegan and vegetarian food options. They plan to be open Monday through Friday from 6am to 10pm, Saturdays from 9am to 10pm and Sundays from 9am to 6pm.

“The ambiance will be a reflection of the community: an amazingly eclectic mix of different styles, generations and stories,” describes Cosme. “There will be a sound stage for special events and plenty of live music.”

For more information, visit www.mycommunitygrounds.com.

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