Brewing change in Harrisburg: Coffee shop prepares to open doors
AUGUSTA, Ga. - There's something new brewing in Harrisburg, and we're not just talking about the coffee shop about to open its doors. Trellis Coffee Bar staff say this is more than just about a cup of joe, it's their way of bringing the community in Harrisburg together.
"A trellis doesn’t come in and create new life, it takes the life that’s already there and helps foster even greater growth, and that’s what we’re hoping to do, not only for our neighbors in Harrisburg, but our business neighbors... So, what this represents is something that’s collectively ours.” said Ross McDaniel, Trellis Coffee Bar Co-founder.
"Coming into this has been really exciting to see so many people coming into support, you know, ‘cause that’s our goal is to support the community and see that from them too.” said Bentley Hendrix, Trellis Coffee Bar Assistant Manager.
Trellis coffee bar opens soon in the Harrisburg neighborhood, just off Walton Way. Staff believe coffee is the best vehicle to bring people together.
"One of the things we’re working on establishing is a name your price cup of coffee. We want our coffee to be approachable for everyone.” said McDaniel.
The location serves an important role: revitalizing the neighborhood and a piece of history.
"When we moved in, we found some old service tickets from a Sinclair’s Gas Station. If you’ll notice, our Trellis green is kind of a nod to that Sinclair’s dinosaur, you can find them around." said McDaniel.
“I just think it’s better for the community… It inspires me to do more.” said Antonio Robbinson, Harrisburg resident.
Harrisburg has been a major focus for the Marshal’s Office, addressing blight and bringing properties to code.
“We actually decided that we were going to go in and find the areas that need the most attention, and this just happened to be one of them," said Lieutenant Terry Norman, "This is one of oldest neighborhoods in the area and this neighborhood, if it goes away, you’re talking about the heartbeat of Augusta going away."
District Commissioner Jordan Johnson says he’s happy to see the addition.
“It speaks to the possibilities of the area, and it speaks to what can happen when the community stands together to, you know, invest in its own backyard, so to speak.” said Commissioner Jordan Johnson, District 1.
There’s plans for more revitalization too.
"We’ve been in conversation with a grocery chain coming to the area, and I think that people will be extremely happy when those announcements come to pass… And I don’t want to put one side of town against the other, but the reality is the reality. The fact of the matter is, this is a neighborhood that’s economically disadvantaged.” said Johnson.
"If not us, then who? Somebody has to be the front runner.” said Lt. Norman.
"It’s a true opportunity to see a dream that’s been brewing for a long time come to life.” said McDaniel.
Trellis opens Saturday, November 4 at 8 a.m. It will be open until 4 p.m.
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