Old Town Fort Collins Has a Great New Coffee Joint!
There's a great new place in Old Town Fort Collins where you can hang out, get work done, meet clients, and enjoy a wonderful cup of coffee (not to mention some tasty pastry and savory snacks). The Crooked Cup at 147 W. Oak Street in Fort Collins, CO has all the charm and warm ambience you'd expect a coffee shop to provide - plus the baristas are amazingly friendly and happy to concoct just about any coffee combination you are likely to need! For those of you Harry Potter devotees, The Crooked Cup offers a mug of genuine Butterbeer that Madame Rosmerta's Three Broomsticks may not be able to rival.
The owner, Gabe Armstrong, is a long time Fort Collins entrepreneur. A graduate of Colorado State's hospitality, hotel, and business management programs, Gabe "gets" what coffee shops are for - and coffee is only part of the mix.
There's no doubt that the U.S. has a love affair with coffee but our love affair with cozy, comfy, and welcoming meeting places is just as strong. As much digital dialogue as goes on in our lives, there's still a ton of face to face connections that need to be made on a daily basis and having those connections happen at a coffee shop makes them all the more powerful.
The Crooked Cup has been open for just a couple of months and already enjoys a decent following of regulars who duck in from the street to grab a cup of joe meet a client, or just catch up on some emails. Marilyn is the barista I see most often and welcomes me by name every time I stop in. She knows my drink of choice (medium Cappucino, wet, in a mug), and always provides gracious attendance. It is a place I think of as my own - and Gabe and Marilyn know that's what builds loyalty and returning customers... a sense of place, a sense of community, a sense of ownershp, a sense of belonging.