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Proving Grounds Coffee to open in former Gayle's Chocolates space in Royal Oak

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 11:34:57-04

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — The owners of Proving Grounds Coffee will open a second location in the former space of Gayle's Chocolates in downtown Royal Oak.

James Courtney and Daman Auvenshine says the shop will serve as a community hub for students, families and for those who just need to crack open a laptop and get some work done.

“We are a family-friendly destination with a warm and welcoming atmosphere,” Courtney said. According to Courtney, crafting a memorable and positive experience is essential to that atmosphere. “It’s not enough that we make a good product, we need to engage with that person and brighten their day,” he adds.

The shop will feature a private study space, rentable event room for parties or conferences and a large common area for families with children.

“The café will include a soft seating area with a stage for live entertainment, a window to view our roasting room, and places to sit and work,” said Courtney, describing the layout of the main floor. “Eventually, we will be producing our own ice cream on site as well.”

The coffee shop will be open in the early summer of 2019.