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New Reverie coffee shop opens this week, but which one?

Being Andrew Gough is frantic business in 2018.

Not only is he about to open his second Reverie coffee shop, this one on the lower level of the Garvey Center at 250 W. Douglas, but he’s also just weeks away from relocating his original shop to its deluxe, expanded new space on Douglas

All that while consulting designers about another expansion, this one into the fancy new public library.

“We had to design and build out three projects simultaneously, and I don’t recommend that to anyone,” Gough said. “It’s been hectic. But this is my pastime in addition to my job, and I love it.”

The first item on Gough’s long to-do list is opening the new Reverie Roasters Cafe at Kiva, which opened to the public on Thursday morning. (Kiva is the name for the underground mall area in the Garvey Center.)

And Gough said he can’t wait for people to see it.

The new shop, which occupies about 1,100 square feet, looks even better and more slick than he expected, he said. Customers who walk in will be greeted by a dramatic mural that features a big, colorful peacock. Gough said the bird came from an iris-growing business called Peacock Iris Gardens, which operated on West Central near Riverside Hospital and Felipe’s in the 1950s or 1960s. That business was destroyed in a tornado, Gough said, and his wife’s grandparents acquired the land – and the remnants of the Peacock Iris Gardens sign. They’d had the bird in storage for years.

“It’s a really cool piece of vintage history,” Gough said.

The new Reverie seats 31 and is decorated in hues of blue and green with retro chairs and wooden tables. It will serve espresso, lattes, specialty coffee drinks, drip coffee and fresh bakery items. Its hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It’ll be closed on Sundays.

For weeks now, Gough said, people who work and live in the Garvey Center have been stopping by, eager for the shop to open. But it also will be accessible to people who don’t frequent the Garvey Center, he said. There are several short-term parking spaces on Douglas and on a driveway that runs in between the west tower and Papa John’s. Those who want to hang out at the shop can park in the garage behind the centers and have their tickets validated before they leave.

Next up, Gough will open his anticipated new Reverie Coffee Roasters and Founders Bakery in a giant space a third of the mile to the west of his current shop. The project has been taking shape for several months in the former Kimzey Eilert Medical Supplies space at 2202 E. Douglas. The sign on the new Reverie was installed on Monday, and Gough anticipates he’ll be ready to open by late January or early February.

When it’s completed and ready, Gough will move his original business there from 2611 E. Douglas, where he first opened in 2013.

Founders Bakery will offer quick-prepared coffees and bakery items like croissants, scones, muffins, and galettes that can be enjoyed in house or taken to go in bulk. The space to the east of Founder’s will be Reverie, which will have more seating and will be designed for those who want to linger over coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails. The new Reverie also will offer breakfast and lunch, Gough said, and the menu will focus on brunch-type items like poached eggs with salmon, sausages and more.

And once that’s all done, Gough will turn his attention to his next project, which is installing a mini-Reverie in the new downtown library, expected to open sometime in mid-May.

Stay tuned for updates on all Gough goings-on.

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