Updated: 7:46 p.m. Monday, May 31, 2010 | Posted: 7:45 p.m. Monday, May 31, 2010

Faith-based coffee shop moves to downtown site


Faith-based coffee shop moves to downtown site photo
Jessica Konczak paints behind the counter of the future Un Mundo Cafe in the Clark County Heritage Center Wednesday, May 26.
Faith-based coffee shop moves to downtown site photo
Ted Rastatter cleans a ceiling fan in the new Un Mundo Cafe in the ground floor of the Clark County Heritage Center on Wednesday, May 26. Un Mundo is moving its coffee shop to the downtown location. It will continue to operate a community center on West Main Street. Staff photos by Bill Lackey

By Samantha Sommer

Staff Writer

Some businesses might wait to see what happens downtown before deciding to open up shop there.

But Un Mundo Cafe wants to be a part of a revitalization now, manager Dave Black said.

“We prefer to jump in early and see what happens ... We’re excited about the improvements downtown,” Black said.

So the nonprofit, faith-based coffee shop has moved from its West Main Street location to the Heritage Center of Clark County, in the former Java House storefront space. It opened Monday, May 31.

Un Mundo’s profits support the Children’s Rescue Center.

The old space on West Main Street will remain open as a community center that has a focus on ministry, with churches volunteering to serve free coffee and meals.

Its full menu of coffee drinks, teas, smoothies and food will be available at the Heritage Center shop.

The center city location hopefully will expand Un Mundo’s customer base, Black said, while expanding options downtown, too.

The shop will have live music on Friday nights, which will be outdoors when weather permits. An open house with music will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 4.

Its hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to at least 8 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

Black hopes his customers also learn more about coffee.

Un Mundo uses fair-trade products, which involves paying fair wages to producers, and participates in a direct trade program. All its coffee beans come from a Guatemalan farm.

“It connects Springfield’s local economy here with another small town’s local economy in Guatemala,” Black said.

Jessica Konczak is a Wittenberg University student who found Un Mundo last year and has been hooked on it ever since. She volunteered last week to help during the cafe’s move, including painting the walls in the Heritage Center shop.

The new location will be more accessible for Wittenberg students, Konczak said.

“I just really enjoy spending my time at Un Mundo with the people there and watching it bloom more,” she said.


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