That empty space in the Fairmont Creamery Mall didn’t stay vacant for long.
Where Black Hills Vinyl’s inventory of record albums once stood will soon be the home of Pure Bean Coffee House.
Pure Bean Roasters owners Mark Royalty and Nick Reid are planning an April 2 grand opening in conjunction with the South Dakota School of Mines, which has offered to sponsor the event, Royalty said.
Royalty describes the concept of Pure Bean Coffee House as a “high-end coffee bar, using very high quality machines that nobody has seen around here before,” he said.
“Coffee is going to be the star, and it will be like a speak-easy atmosphere,” said Royalty, who partnered with Reid to start of Pure Bean Roasters in Mark’s garage in 2013.
In June 2014, they moved their wholesale air-roasted coffee business to the rear of the Creamery Mall where their business has grown to where they are now shipping coffee nationwide, “from Hawaii to Maine,” he said.
There was always a plan for a coffee house, Mark said, and when Black Hills Vinyl announced plans to vacate their store facing the Main Street side of the mall and move farther west downtown, Royalty and Reid pounced on the opportunity.
“We always had this vision to expand, but we wanted to wait until the time was right,” Royalty said. “We heard the record store was moving and thought this would be an amazing place for a coffee house.”
Royalty said they plan to offer coffees that aren’t part of their wholesale business. Their machines are being made in Seattle and are designed to be mostly unseen under a counter so customers may visually connect with a barista, he said.
The Sandwich Shop on the lower level of the Creamery Mall will cater breakfast sandwiches for the coffee shop. Other baked goods to go with the coffee will include muffins, scones and shortbread cookies.
“We don’t want to compete with our neighbors. We want to support them,” Royalty said.