New coffee shop named for Fletcher Place founder

October 20, 2009
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Local investors have opened a new coffee shop in Fletcher Place they plan to turn into a not-for-profit to raise money for local charities. The shop at 615 Virginia Ave. is called Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company in honor of the neighborhood's namesake. Fletcher, one of the city's first lawyers and founder of what would become American Fletcher National Bank, owned much of the land in the area in the 1820s. Coffee shop owner Doug Litsey said he has applied for 501(c)3 status and already is operating the business, which opened Oct. 17, as a charity. The shop features organic, fair-trade coffee and free wifi. Tips this month are going to Second Helpings.

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  • Great addition!
    I am so glad to see this addition to the neighborhood! As a resident of Fountain Square, I find that the area is really lacking in coffee shops. Even more encouraging is the business philosophy behind this new place. I hope it can flourish!
  • Visit Worthy
    Calvin Fletcher offers good coffee, excellent service, and cool digs. I get my coffee there every morning now.
  • Check it out
    Agreed, it's a nice place. Congrats, Doug and Judy!
  • Love it.
    Love, love, love this place. Great coffee and classy all the way around.
  • More FS development?
    Haven't been yet, but certainly will try to start getting our office jones from the new CF joint.

    Cory, do you have any news on the FOP development going on south of the fountain (at Cottage & Shelby I think)? Whether you found it horribly ugly or worth salvaging, they certainly destroyed the look of the original 60s bank building that was there. I really wonder what they are planning and why they chose the path they did...and who THEY is for that matter.

    Wow, no offense, but this new format sucks balls.
  • Love It
    Calvin Fletcher's Coffee is a perfect match for this neighborhood - great coffee, pastries, sandwiches and a very cool cause. Support it!
  • Wow
    This coffee shop is absolutely adorable! Everything I tried there was fantastic, and the people who work there could not have been nicer.
  • ...
    Not bad. Not exactly Starbuck's; but not that bad.
    • Hello Crumudgeon
      "Not exactly Starbucks..." that sounds like a ringing endorsement to me.

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