Vent Coffee Roasters, a Baltimore business owned by longtime barista and coffee professional Sarah Walker, will open its first brick-and-mortar café and espresso bar inside Union Collective by early spring 2018.
Leasing 1,900 square feet for a small-batch roaster and a full coffee and espresso bar with seats for 40 to 45 people, Vent will offer traditional espresso drinks, Nitro Cold Brew on tap, and coffee ‘mock’-tails, as well as slow bar options of Aeropress and Chemex. For food, Vent plans to serve locally made pastries, and Walker’s own family recipes of baklava and Greek butter cookies. Teas will be provided by locally owned Wight Tea Co.
“I have been looking at other places to expand my operation, but nothing felt like the right risk until Adam and Jon approached me about Union Collective,” she added. “We have already done a collaboration with Union Craft Brewing and I can’t wait to do more with them and hopefully other Collective tenants.”
Designed by Walker using Ripristino Remodeling, the café will be located at the two bays of what was once the building’s loading dock, with one roll-up door at the store front and one made of stationary glass plus two skylights to provide light. With picnic tables and stools at the espresso bar, Vent, established in 2013, will have what Walker calls a “garage chill vibe.”
Walker is planning events for local artists’ exhibits once the space opens next year.
Union Collective will transform 10.5 acres and 138,000 square feet of warehouse space at 1700 W. 41st Street in Hampden-Medfield into home for several of Baltimore’s growing independent businesses. With 87,000 square feet adjacent to Union Craft Brewing’s new headquarters, brewery and taproom, the project will be home to eight other commercial tenants.
Local makers, nonprofits, and other businesses will produce and sell their wares, share resources, collaborate, and connect with the community at large. Construction on the project began August 2017 and is expected to be complete in spring 2018.