The Go Java coffee shop has been a favorite stop for Grand Rapids residents for over six years. Recently, the shop had some exciting news as it announced the opening of its second location, Go Java Coffee West on Bridge St.
Anyone who walks into the Go Java Coffee Shop will be immediately taken by its homey and inviting appearance. The mom and pop vibe rings somewhat true as the shop is the business venture of Kelley Sommers and her father Tom Sommers.
The two happened into owning the shop when Kelley was having trouble finding an office job that suited her after graduation. Go Java’s former owner was interested in stepping back and needed someone buy them out. Since Go Java was Kelley’s favorite coffee shop during college, she was sold on the idea of buying the shop.
Kelley wanted easy, grab and go items for breakfast lunch and snacks and that’s just what the shop offers. From breakfast sandwiches to breakfast burritos and smoothies, you can grab a delicious bite and beverage. The location also functions as an art gallery featuring art by three resident artists (Hilary Berens, Anna Sheirbeek, and Maureen McDonald) and showcases talent from a new artist each month.
But, of course, the most exciting news is the shop’s new location. The location opened on June 18 and is being run by Kelley as Tom holds down the fort at their original Ionia St. shop. Go Java Westside even has plans to turn the back room area into a space for parties that include bridal showers, yoga, and hourly studio for photographers to rent so make sure to contact them to inquire about the space.
Both Go Java locations have great coffee, terrific food, a comfortable atmosphere and known for supporting the local artistic community. With two convenient locations, it is now easier than ever for Grand Rapids residents to grab something quick to eat or sit and enjoy a hot drink. Support this small business venture by stopping into one of their shops the next time you crave a java fix.
442 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (across from Sovengard)