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Peak Place Coffeehouse owner takes over operations at 1979 Coffee 

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In June 2018, Vinnie Snyder of Peak Place Coffeehouse and Hold Fast Coffee Co. took over as general manager for 1979 Coffee, the unique café located on the ground floor of the Rockrimmon campus of Woodmen Valley Chapel. The spot came to be after flooding damaged the church in 2015, and leadership decided to use the space for something more community-oriented, ultimately opening a coffee shop in September 2017. The church still owns the shop, but Snyder and his team operate it.

“We’ve worked really hard to be as welcoming as possible to anyone who wants to hang out,” says Snyder. It’s laid out to be like any other coffee shop, with its own door, signage, office and hours. And while religious groups will undoubtedly make use of it, he says it’s not an overtly religious space.
Location Details 1979 Coffee
240 E. Woodmen Road
Northwest/Rockrimmon
Colorado Springs, CO
388-5000
Coffee/Tea
“Since it’s inside the church and the church owns the building, the prices are ridiculously low,” he says. The business doesn’t have to make rent, just self-sustain, and that’s allowed Snyder to sell specialty coffee for cheap. “Our drip coffee’s a dollar,” he says.

All coffee’s made from Hold Fast-roasted beans. As at Peak Place, the spot sells pastries and baked goods from Till Kitchen, alongside smaller bites like yogurt and granola — 1979 isn’t a lunch spot.

Despite visibility being a continuous challenge, Snyder says they’ve seen success so far, and after spending the summer getting their product and process up to scratch, they’re ready to start adding programming — poetry readings, arts events and more.

“The space is so unique and so large, I think there’s a lot we could do with it.”

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