Mayor Walsh welcomes local organic coffee cart vendor to City Hall
January 5, 2015
Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that Boston Brewin Coffee Company, a local small business, will begin selling coffee, tea, and small treats on the third floor mezzanine of City Hall. During a 4-month trial period the coffee cart will activate and enliven this important civic space, welcoming the public and employees to stop by. This effort is the most recent from the Walsh Administration to look for ways to make public spaces inside and outside of City Hall more inviting, engaging, and personable.
“City Hall is the front door to local government, and I want everyone who visits to have a great experience,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a small step we can take, which has a big impact, to activate the people’s public space and enhance constituent interactions with the City.”
"By sharing our business model, we provide the opportunity for people to be real Bostonians and support their own community through coffee,” said Tom Barns, Founder of Boston Brewin Coffee Company.
The Boston Brewin Coffee Company’s location in City Hall will be its third in Boston. The stand will offer coffee, lattes, mochas, espressos, and teas from Dean’s Beans. It will also sell locally sourced pastries from the Haley House, Lyndell's Bakery, and C and C Bakers of East Boston. The coffee cart, made of discarded school desks, will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This project is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Property and Construction Management, Inspectional Services Department, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, and the Office of Small & Local Business Enterprise.
In the past year several projects have improved the experience inside of City Hall, including a greeters program, a model of the City, the #WickedCoolTree activated by Twitter, and the “Stairs of Fabulousness” art installation, a result of the Mayor’s Public Space Invitation. Outside of City Hall several projects of the Mayor’s First Public Space Invitational have been launched, in addition to the Fenway’s 30 Seconds of Cinema and PitchBoston, digital video art projects.
Boston Brewin Coffee Company uses a four-part business model called “Pay it 4ward.” Using this strategy the company gives 100% of profits back to the immediate community or a local nonprofit organization, uses only 100% organic fair/direct trade, shade grown coffee, pays living wages to all employees, and is a triple bottom line company focused on people, product, and the planet.