Bridgehead at Minto Place: A Study of the Take-Out Cup Serving Downtown West

Despite the finishing touches to the outside of the building and ongoing preparations for the new bus shelter, we were warmly welcomed at Minto Place last Tuesday!

This location, our twelfth, situated on Slater between Kent and Lyon streets, will serve the more Western parts of downtown.  The shop will be open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday from 6 am to 8 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm, and closed on holidays.

Congratulations to Jennifer Camirand, Manager, and Matt McCarron, Management Apprentice, and the entire Slater team who worked hard in the days and weeks leading up to the shop opening.  Kudos too to the various Support teams at the Training and Support Centre, Kitchen and Warehouse for all of your able help.

Congratulations are also due to the members of the Plaster Lid Collective, Julie Hong, Team Leader, and Claire Brennan, Robin Clugston, Cori Anne Coutu, Creggan Daubenny, and Michelle Poitras, for their awesome work installing the two feature walls in this shop. 

One of the feature walls, ‘Cups’, contains over 600 plaster casts of 26 different styles of take-out coffee cup lids, while the other , ‘Lids’, features strips of cardboard and clear chloroplast set in a steel frame.  Taken together the two walls are a study of the take-out coffee cup.  We hope the walls offer encouragement to our customers to bring their own mug (we provide a .27 discount when you do!).  The Cups and Lids installations were inspired by the Ini Ani coffee shop in New York City, now closed, designed by LTL Architects.

Another innovation in this shop is a formulated water system for use at our brewers and espresso machine.  Our formulated water regulates temperature and minerality, with a target of total dissolved solids (TDS), improving the quality and consistency of our drinks. 

Please drop by and visit us at our newest digs ….

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