Gravel City Roasters and Trox Gallery and Gifts returned to downtown Emporia early Wednesday morning to their new shared location.
Now located at 715 Commercial St., a grand opening celebrating the move is scheduled for Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., where guests can look forward to snacks, raffle prizes and sales. Coffee lovers can find Gravel City at the back of the building and Trox at the entrance facing Commercial Street.
GCR owner Angie Baker and Trox owner Kaila Mock both said they were excited to finally welcome the public to the new space after months of renovations and several long days of moving.
Baker is no stranger to roommates; GCR was previously located at 608 Commercial St., sharing space with Coldwell Banker Emporia Real Estate for the past decade. As the cafe occupied the front of the building, Baker said there had never been any discussion of the business facing Commercial Street.
âI think it was kind of a given that Kaila would get the front,â she said. âThe window is important for her to display. “
In addition, it was more profitable for GCR to take the entrance from the alley: the plumbing was already located at the back of the building.
âWhen we were at 608 at least half of our customers went through the back door anyway, so it made more sense to do it like that,â she said.
Mock, previously located at 729 Commercial St. in the Emporia Main Street incubator space, said it had doubled its retail space and gallery with the move. She also believed the move would lead to increased traffic to her business.
âThe incubator space was awesome with all the windows and just around the corner,â she said. âBut just the foot traffic generated by people walking in and having their daily coffee passing by these people – even if they don’t buy something today, they see things. The next time they think of a gift they’re like, ‘Oh, I saw something in Trox. I will go back and pick it up.
Mock said it would not only increase his sales, but also benefit local artists who sell their art in his store.
The gallery is still under construction, but she is also excited to put the finishing touches on this space.
Mock said it is also expanding its hours of operation with the new location. It is now open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Gravel City Roasters is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Check out Saturday’s edition of The Emporia Gazette for more coverage.