Docent is set to open in Old Fourth Ward this fall.
Photo: Docent Coffee
Photo: Docent Coffee

New Old Fourth Ward coffee shop to highlight art, craft coffee

Docent will take the place of Cafe + Velo this fall

One coffee shop is closing its doors in Old Fourth Ward next month, but coffee won’t be gone from the space for long.

Cafe + Velo is slated to close at 381 Edgewood Ave. SE, with Docent Coffee projected to take over the space in October. 

Docent’s coffees are already available for purchase online and at some local coffee shops, as well as at local events via its mobile barista cart. The new venture will see the opening of a coffee roastery, as well as a retail coffee and cafe component that will serve breakfast and lunch. 

The menu will feature many Cafe + Velo items such as croissants, sandwiches and toasts, as well as new items including acai bowls and vegan options. Also look for more coffee drinks and an extensive tea program.

Docent also hopes to promote local art — a local artist’s work is featured on the front of each of the roaster’s 10 coffees, including  R.Land, Kyle ‘BlackCatTips’ Brooks, and Sarah Emerson. Docent also promotes the artists’ websites on its own site, and plans to host curated events and shows both on and offsite.

“We want to use the business as a creative platform to do other things,” said Docent representative Jeff Richards. 

The business launched a Kickstarter to help fund the new project.

When it opens, Docent Coffee plans to be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 

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