30 April Brass Tacks Coffee Company of Green Cove Springs Expands April 30, 2018 By Laura Pavlus Expansions and Relocations Green Cove Springs, Brass Tacks Coffee, Spring Park Coffee, Expansion 0 Jacksonville Business Journal - April 27, 2018 - by Dahlia Ghabour - Full Article Here When Steven Kelley was a student at the University of North Florida, he would frequent a coffee shop in Southside called Badass Coffee. Now the owner of Brass Tacks Coffee in Green Cove Springs, Kelley is bringing his business to Jacksonville in the exact location of the coffee shop he used to love. Brass Tacks Coffee celebrated its grand opening on April 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with vendors, giveaways and a latte art competition at 7 pm. The 1,100-square-foot coffee shop at 4352 Southside Blvd. has nine staff members, about 48 seats and a drive-thru. The shop will serve coffee, tea, wine and local beers on tap. "We're trying to be a really approachable, fun brand to connect with people and with the lifestyle," Kelley said. "It's not just good coffee. We have an active brand, super transparent with our processes and super approachable." Kelley said he saw the Southside area as a "bit of a coffee desert" with the closest specialty coffee to being the Bold Bean location in San Marco. He hopes that Brass Tacks will fill a niche need. Kelley founded the Green Cove Springs location in 2012, and the company originally began roasting to give themselves more room in the margins. "We have a fantastic espresso machine, handmade in the Netherlands, called a Kees Van Der Westen Mirage," Kelley said. "There's only one other in the state of Florida. It's really unique, looks like a hotrod of sorts. We're always trying to do things differently to carve a place in the market." Kelley said he was good friends with Bold Bean co-owner Zack Burnett and other specialty coffee roasters in Jacksonville. He said that he wanted to see the supportive relationships continue, because the "coffee market still has so much potential here in Jacksonville." The new Brass Tacks location is a slimmed down, more distilled version of the original – one that Kelley hopes to expand in Jacksonville. "Our style is places that wouldn't have coffee shops, or places that didn't work in the past," Kelley said. "The last place you'd think of is where you'll find us." Related Budding Theatre Company Vying to Purchase Idle Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs Elaine Smith wants to transform the renowned Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs, FL into a venue for actors, playwrights and artists of all kinds. She just has to raise $350,000. Florida's Fastest-Growing Natural Gas Supplier is Coming to Green Cove Springs After more than a year of negotiations and discussions, one of Florida's fastest-growing natural gas suppliers is ready to lay pipe here. Trinity Fabricators of Green Cove Springs Produces Steel for Baptist M.D. Anderson Cancer Center GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Green Cove Springs company is playing a key role in helping construct a $150 million building on the Southbank in Jacksonville. Green Cove Springs on the Verge of Boom Officials in Green Cove Springs are encouraged by the recent news that Vallencourt Construction Co. will move its headquarters to the old Ace Hardware in the city’s downtown from its former location at 1701 Blanding Blvd. north of Middleburg, shown here. Solar Farm Set for South of the City of Green Cove Springs A 425 acre Magnolia Springs Solar Energy Center is proposed for south of Green Cove Springs. Florida Power and Light has purchased the large parcel of land near Leno Road and Haller Airpark. Construction of the project will produce 200 to 300 local jobs for the 7 to 9 months construction period. Vac-Con Inc. of Green Cove Springs in Clay Finalist for Manufacturers Association of Florida's Manufacturers and Distributors of the Year Award Vac-Con Inc., based in Green Cove Springs, is a finalist for large manufacturer of the year, for companies with more than 200 employees. Harris Corporation of Palm Bay and Sikorsky Aircraft Florida Assembly and Flight Operations in Jupiter are also finalists. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.