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Verve Coffee Roasters opens a ‘bohemian’ cafe in California’s Santa Cruz

Verve Coffee Roasters’ burgeoning empire of cafes just got a bit bigger with the opening of a new concrete and wood outpost in Santa Cruz, California.

The 1,600 sq ft store – a few blocks from the beach – is the brand’s fourth in the city and seventh on the West Coast.

Verve founders Ryan O’Donovan and Colby Barr designed the café’s interiors, looking to channel a ‘bohemian coastal outpost’.

‘We embraced the Northern California headlands feeling of driving up the coast to San Francisco,’ says Barr. ‘When the afternoon arrives, you can smell the salt in the air breeze.’

Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz
Courtesy of Verve Coffee Roasters

The structure features a wooden trussed ceiling with skylights that flood the space with natural light. Ducts and pipes have been left exposed and the store’s espresso machine features custom panels designed by artist Jeremiah Kille.

Verve has quickly made a name for itself since its founding in 2007. The brand has also just opened its first international shop in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku station. Another shop in San Francisco will follow this summer.

Tomo is a London-based writer covering design and architecture. He contributes to The Spaces.

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