One Line Coffee opened its second retail coffee bar at the Huntington Center in downtown Columbus on Monday, March 2. According to Retail Operations Managing Partner Mick Evans, the shop will operate out of the location previously occupied by Peets Coffee & Tea at 41 South High Street across from the Ohio Statehouse and adjacent to the Vern Riffe Center.
Evans stated that the local coffee roaster/retailer submitted a lease proposal last November and was excited that a local business was selected by the building’s property manager to replace Peets - a national coffee retailer. Dave Forman, Managing Partner for One Line’s sourcing, roasting and wholesale operations, believes that the location provides the company an opportunity to increase its brand awareness and to demonstrate that high quality specialty coffee and espresso can be served in a high-volume venue.
The store will offer a variety of coffee and tea beverages served hot and over ice...and will produce their well-known cold drip coffee prepared with Kyoto-style towers on site. In keeping with the company’s efforts to promote brewing equipment that supports the highest quality of product, One Line is installing the modbar espresso and pour over units at the front counter which allows baristas to maximize personal interaction with customers and moves much of the production machinery below the counter. The recently introduced modbar pour over modules allow One Line to duplicate the single-cup service so many customers request at their Short North store while at the same time recognizing the faster pace of the downtown business environment.
The store manager for the new location, Hillary Hopkins, has several years of experience in retail sales and worked for Boston Stoker, a Dayton, Ohio based roaster/retailer. She explained that like its sister store in the Short North, the coffee bar will offer a variety of baked goods prepared by local partners Destination Donuts, The Angry Baker, Pattycake Bakery and Cherbourg Bakery. In addition, the store will offer a complete selection of One Line’s locally roasted coffees for home and office brewing as well as a variety of brewing equipment. The store will also serve loose-leaf teas provided by Petali Teas located in nearby Alexandria, Ohio. One Line has a long-standing relationship with Petali that recognizes the company’s commitment to local business and to sourcing high quality products.
The downtown store will have hours from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.