Future home of the Coulter Street Supply Co. (Photo credit, coulterstsupply.co.)
Germantown, northwest Philadelphia is an area rich in historic sites and beautiful buildings from the colonial era. Yet despite its charming architecture and tree-lined streets, the neighborhood has felt hard-knocks and been in transition for some years. Two small businessmen with a vision (and a strong cup of coffee) aim to be among the pioneers to resurge this community to the height of its glory.
Slated to open in mid-July, Coulter Street Supply Co. will be an espresso bar, commercial space and rotating art gallery located in the heart of Germantown. Co-owners Tim Walkiewicz and John Burke designed the space to connect the community through their passions—arts, cycling and coffee. The pair hopes that the space will be a vibrant addition to an area in need of it.
The vision is threefold: The former corner store will host a gallery space in front, showcasing young and established artists from Philadelphia and beyond. The front room will also double as a commercial space called “Duffed Out” that will purvey books, art, design and ciclismo, and become a site for a network of connected artists, cyclists, photographers, designers and graffiti writers. The pièce de résistance will be the 8-seat coffee bar area in the back which will feature, as a centerpiece, a high-end La Colombe espresso machine, creating the perfect salon for arts and cycling aficionadi.
"We're hoping our love of traditional espresso and coffee, cycling, sign work, art and design can bring new people into our neighborhood," said Walkiewicz, "as well as provide some really good coffee to all our neighbors who live and work here… We want to be that bridge that brings people from other parts of town to our neighborhood. We want to show people who haven't been here that, yeah, this area is rough around the edges, but it's beautiful here—the history, the architecture, the trees, the people. We want to celebrate all of that."
Be sure to check out the progress of the Coulter Supply Co. pARTnership at coulterstsupply.co.
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