Happy Coffee will open next year in the Fancy Tiger Crafts space

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Happy Coffee will close at Salvagetti and reopen next year on Broadway.
Scott Taylor will be closing his Happy Coffee kiosk inside Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop this Friday, and then open a full-size coffee shop this spring at Ellsworth and Broadway, in the space now occupied by Fancy Tiger Crafts.

"The bike-thru coffee thing: It didn't work," says Taylor, who owns the bike shop and opened Happy in April 2010, hoping to attract cyclists who needed a quick cup-a-joe, and maybe a tube or a patch kit. "I bet it will work in three to five years, but not yet."

Instead, he wants to treat Denver to an upscale coffee drinking experience, where everything from the water to the roasting to the equipment is carefully watched. He even sent his barista to Portland to be trained by the roasting companies he'll use. The new location will not include a bike-thru.

The key to Happy Coffee, though, is the corner where it will be. "We were offered the the best location in the entire city for a coffee shop," he says, explaining that the Fancy Tiger's owners picked him because they were already going out of their way to Salvagetti, which is located at 1611 Platte Street, to get their morning magic.

Fancy Tiger Crafts, meanwhile, is moving up the block to 55-59 Broadway, where it will be reunited with its sister clothing store in the first week of January, and joined in the building by the Buffalo Exchange.

The change also means Taylor can bring back his shop-dog, Myra, who was "fired" after the city's code inspectors said she couldn't hang out at Happy. "She's been mopey since then," Taylor says. "She doesn't know yet that this is happening."

Taylor says he has some renovation work to do in order to turn the 1,500-square-foot space at 1 South Broadway into a coffee shop, but hopes to open in the first quarter of 2012.

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BakerRes
BakerRes

That's like finding out that your neighborhood is getting a Michelin starred restaurant and saying "we already have a McDonalds, a Burger King, and a Taco Bell - why would we need another place to eat?"  Happy Coffee is legit.

Cmatt9171
Cmatt9171

No sure a busker coffee house is needed on that block.  But good for them and I hope it works out well.  I'm sure the hipster crown will find it a good home!

dave
dave

i biked by happy for coffee a number of times but the window was only open for something like 2 hours each day.  south broadway already has bardo, michelangelo's and sugar bakeshop.  is there really demand for another coffee house?

Cynthia Negron
Cynthia Negron

BakerRes, that's crazy! Did you seriously just call Bardos, Michelangelos and the New and Tasty Sugarshop FAST FOOD? All of them serve quality coffees like Kaladi Bros and NOVO. 

At first I kind of thought the same thing re: over-crowding it, but each of the above has it's own unique vibe. At the end of the month, I've been to each at least once. 

B's is for productivity or late night HW, Mike's is for a quiet wine or lingering coffee date, sugar is for to-go desserts and incidental coffees and I can't wait for Happy's writer-oriented business model. 

Sure, it may mean "the market" outs one of these in the coming years, but I'll let that competition play out on its own time. 

DC
DC

Bardo is a great place to get some work done, Michelangelo's has nice ambienance, but Happy has easily some of the best coffee in town. I'm looking forward to it!

Mantonat
Mantonat

At least it's not a Starbucks. 

DC
DC

*ambiance

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