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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    1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

    2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

    3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

    4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

    5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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