After six years of business, Global Goods and Coffee has closed its location at Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, but not without leaving another globally minded business in its place, and migrating a …
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After six years of business, Global Goods and Coffee has closed its location at Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, but not without leaving another globally minded business in its place, and migrating a portion of the coffee business online.
Global Goods and Coffee was a nonprofit Arvada coffee shop staffed by volunteers, where customers could purchase both cups of coffee and artisan handicrafts, created by individuals who have been affected by war.
The shop's proceeds went to nonprofit Global Refuge International. The organization provides medical supplies, food and other resources to victims of global crisis, such as war or disease outbreak.
“When we started, we had this grand idea that we could help educate the community on the issues we feel so strongly about,” said Jaden McNeely, executive director of operations at Global Refuge. “Our shop allowed for a tangible way that we could access the population, and they could get great coffee.”
On Oct. 19, Global Goods and Coffee held one last day of in-person business before closing up shop and transitioning to an online-only business. The site will continue to sell art created through the nonprofit's artisan programs in refugee areas.
Additionally, the website will offer a curated coffee service and monthly coffee subscription, McNeely said.
Customers interested in learning more can do so through the website, globalgoodsandcoffee.com.
Meanwhile, the store at 5613 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. will continue to serve Global Refuge and its mission. In the coming weeks, the entire building will shift into operating as Global Co-working, a shared office space, McNeely said.
On its final day as a coffee shop, the store had more than 200 transactions, a testament to the large number of regulars who have come to know Global Goods as the destination for those looking for their daily cup of coffee and a chance to make a change.
“What I liked was the cause. I've really enjoyed that you could buy a cup of coffee for a purpose,” said local Ryan McPherson, who frequently works as a musician in Olde Town and often visited Global Goods while in the area. “I like helping people, and the coffee shop allowed me to do that.”
And that's exactly what the goal has been, McNeely said, with the shop accomplishing even more than it set out to do: introducing nearly 100 volunteers to the community each week; raising money for local needs; hosting refugee nights that allowed residents to connect with refugees; and teaching others how to make coffee.
“We feel that our presence has been so impactful to the community,” McNeely said. “Any community that opens their hearts to struggling people ends up being much better for it.”
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