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Denver coffee shop hopes to jump start community conversations

Posted at 9:59 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-05 17:17:52-05

DENVER — Whether you start your day with coffee and tea, or wind down with beer and wine, it's nice to have a neighborhood spot that always gives you a warm welcome.

You’re in good company with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 2018 Small Business of the Year.

Coffee at The Point in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood has become the cornerstone of its community.

The friendly café at the corner of 26th Street and Welton is a favorite for locals.

“We have your traditional coffee and espresso drinks, your loose leaf teas,” said owner Ryan Cobbins. “But, we also do an assortment of bottled beverages. We do craft beer and wine.”

Cobbins took over the space 10 years ago, only dreaming of what it's become today.

“Before opening this space, I think I drank a vanilla latte with extra vanilla syrup from Starbucks once every six months, maybe,” he said.

The self-made entrepreneur studied books and followed mentors to grow not just as a business owner, but as a community leader.

And, the coffee is just a conversation starter, he said.

“Our theme is really productivity,” Cobbins said. “So, we recognize that the folks that come in, they come in and get stuff done.”

Whether customers are on business calls, or talking about society, Cobbins said he believes the rich history and diversity of Five Points is where it all comes together.

“You have clashes of opinions about change and gentrification, and an assortment of things, that also makes [the coffee shop] pretty interesting to me," he said.

The invitation greets you at the door.

The staff Cobbins hired, and the culture he's created, make sure of it.

“We have such an incredible group of staff folks that recognize their impact on society and being part of community and being a part of something bigger than they are,” he said. “To look at you, and to see you who you are and say hi has been an important part for us — to make sure that we still maintain that sense of community within our customers.”

They also serve made-to-order sandwiches and gelato. And, there’s free covered parking, too.

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