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SwitchBack moves to Raven's Nest and Wild Goose Meeting House opens downtown 

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Two pastors/entrepreneurs, one vision: "to contribute to the city, to bring community together over a good beverage."

That's what's behind the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St., wildgoosemeetinghouse.com), according to co-owner Yemi Mobolade, speaking also for business partner Russ Ware. But, he says, the Goose won't have a religious vibe.

Mobolade calls himself a non-traditional pastor, someone engaged more in leadership development and meeting in people's homes instead of leading a congregation. Until you congregate at the Goose with your friends, that is, which should be possible as of a tentative soft opening on Nov. 25, followed by a Friday, Nov. 29, grand opening.

The former Cartridge World site will soon host 12 Colorado beer taps (with a bottle selection, too), a variety of Colorado wines, plus Portland, Ore.-based Enso Winery labels (because of a "family connection"). Coffee products will come courtesy of SwitchBack Coffee Roasters.

"We're opening an artisan café," he says, emphasizing the quality of all offerings, from the Modbar-pulled espresso shots, "treated as wine or beer would be in terms of aromas and tastes and all, like at Urban Steam and the Principal's Office," to a "craft-inspired food menu."

Expect cheese plates, sandwiches, breakfast quesadillas and baked goods from a yet-to-be-named pastry partner.

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Speaking of SwitchBack Coffee Roasters (switchbackroasters.com), co-owner Kyle Collins says he's currently roasting around twice as much as he was in July 2012, when he expanded his retail-driven outfit into 1635 W. Colorado Ave. Hence the reason for a new move that'll place him in the Raven's Nest Coffee space at 330 N. Institute St., likely around mid-November.

The folks behind The Local food truck had purchased that spot in May, with plans to make it their own commissary/eatery. But now their plan is to inhabit the larger, former Sabi space next door instead.

"Synergy is a big piece of it," says Collins. "We love what [The Local] is doing. We're excited about what's happening in this area of town."

In its new space, SwitchBack will continue to offer supplies like syrups and powders, plus tastings of different coffee-pouring methods and sales by the bag. It will direct folks next door for a cup of its coffee come January — when SwitchBack coffees will be added to the current BuyWell offerings at Raven's Nest — or to other outfits like Jives Coffee Lounge and the Wild Goose.

Raven's Nest and Local co-owner Jo Marini says they haven't decided yet on whether they'll rebrand Raven's Nest, or to what extent they'll incorporate The Local's menu. But she does note that the entire renovation has incorporated reclaimed materials onsite. Whatever it'll grow into, its roots will remain green.

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