LAKEWOOD, Ohio - Coffee drinkers rejoice because there is a new coffee shop joining local businesses that call Lakewood home.
Rising Star expanded their coffee footprint in Northeast Ohio with the fourth shop at 13368 Madison Avenue—making it their first cafe outside of Cleveland city limits.
"Lakewood is an attractive place for us because it offers a diverse demographic that appreciates the quality of coffee at any price," said Robert Stockham, general manager of Rising Star.
Located next to the Bottlehouse Brewing Company, the move was a strategic one. Since last December, the coffee company collaborated with Bottlehouse on guest beers and pop-ups featuring Rising Star coffee.
“It was sort of a no-brainer to get on the Madison Avenue train with them. When the spot opened up, it seemed pretty straightforward," said Emily Mock, operation manager for all the Rising Star locations. "We have a good relationship with them."
The partnership between Bottlehouse and Rising Star was no accident. When Bottlehouse bought the property that the cafe currently occupies, they were looking for a reliable tenant for the space.
"In the mornings, we [Rising Star] would run a coffee bar at the brewery in the morning until around 4 p.m," Stockham said. "Partnering with Bottlehouse reflects what we stand for. They look at beer the way we look at coffee."
The portion of Madison where the brewery and coffee shop are located is relatively underdeveloped with storefront businesses but that could soon change as businesses eye up Lakewood as an entrepreneur destination.
The construction of the cafe took roughly six months to complete and features all the regular offerings Rising Star customers are used to — from their Aeropress and pour overs to sought-after lattes like the cardamon bomb latte and choice of espresso.
With Rising Star's popular cafe in Hingetown along with cafes in Little Italy and the Arcade, moving to the suburbs was the company's next strategy.
Mock said it's the company's biggest cafe so far with extra seating in a cafe that is split between two rooms. The cafe features artwork from local Cleveland artists along with indoor plants and products from local business like Inca Tea.
"We always try to match the neighborhood. We don't want a cafe to seem out of place. There are other cafes that don't do that and you can tell when it's out of place. We wouldn't have done a pristine white counter and white walls because it's just not this area at all.
Throughout the two years Mock has been with Rising Star, she says the coffee industry continues to surprise other coffee cities in the region.
"Coffee is very interdependent and codependent in a way that's probably almost unhealthy. Nobody is in the industry for the money. This is a labor of love so everybody totally gets that because it's really about growing a culture that appreciates the craft of coffee," Mock said.