Everyone is welcome to our beta launch 7am on Monday, February 1!
To start our beta hours will be 7am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. We will add Sundays and an evening shift as modules in the first couple months. We open beta style to have it be fun for us and open in a way that let’s us do some testing and finishing in a lived space, while building outstanding crew capacity. Please bring friends.
We will have a couple events that are focused on the artists in a couple weeks after most works are in. Thank you for your support and kind words! Leon, Areli, the Cocoa Cinnamon crew and David Solow art + design and Linton Architects
Beta Phase – during beta phase we open for “regular” business but in our own way…something akin to a software launch. We start with fewer hours and a small menu and add on modules and a few more artworks as we test and grow. We will also be adding more seating, finishing some small building items (outdoor sign/cover), doing some finishing touches with aesthetics that feel better to complete in a living, unfolding shop.
Build Phase – this title may sound counter-intuitive, but for us this is our regular operations mode. We will enter the “build” phase as post beta….which most people would call normal operations. We never want our operations to feel “normal,” so we think of our daily activities as continual opportunities to build, research, serve and participate in our city as part of the vision we have for it, the company, our crew and community. You can learn more about that in detail on our website…but if you’re getting this note, you probably already know what we mean.
Thank you for taking part!
Artists and Craftspeople:
David Solow of David Solow art + design — Designer, Site Specific (shop) Installation Artist, Producer, Barfronts, Cocoa Cinnamon would not be possible without David’s ability to draw out, design and orchestrate a one of a kind place. His friendship is what drew us to Durham starting back in 2001. His contribution is great and part of what makes CC unique.
Coby Linton of Linton Architects – Building Designer, Architect, Landlord, Neighbor
Maryah Smith-Overman — bartops, magically real bus bin areas, wood dye inspiration.
Heather Gordon — Upper cabinet mural made of Heather Gordon signature design using the geo-coordinates of the history of the travel of coffee
Al Frega of Frega Creative – railroad track structure for front bike racks, railroad truss planter bases, railroad bases with Elijah Leed Studio Tables and bar treatment, friendship and support.
Elijah Leed of Elijah Leed Studio – Brass inlay portolan/stellar chart tables, contributed to outdoor booths, wall shelf and more.
Andrew Preiss of ARP Design Studio – front porch furniture structure, custom bracket work, (rear large capacity aesthetic bike rack – future)
Blaine Johnston of Red F Studios — pretty much wood Macgyver
Cornelio Campos – history of Cacao mural in the cupping room
William Lum of Lum Shop – Shipping Pallet benches and layered hardwood stools (coming)
Esar Aadil – selection and design with Areli for Frida Wall
Lety Alvarez – pathways paintings on Frida Wall
Candy Carver – paintings inspired by “love for excitement, color and beauty found in the human form.”
Mark Cool – railroad tie sculptural wall (with Frega Creative) for upright bike racks
Andrius Benokraitis – sight and sound support
Ade´ Oh — Multimedia Panels for Frida Wall
Joanne Andrews – hand built planter pots for front porch
Jim Kellough – If you ask Jim to make a work about history, he condenses it all the way down to the amygdala.
Jonathan Hunsberger – programmable sound bite phone installation
Mike Dawson Electric – Loyal, honest character of an electrician. AKA “Lightening Mike.”
Rik and Patty Meijer of RPM Homeworks — Epoxy work, insulation, rigging, sign and shelf installation. Incredibly helpful and fun to work with.
Thompson Joinery – Pocket door, wood wall treatments, wood dying and finishing (except bar top), banquette base. With some assistance from Steve Baskin of Revival Trim and Finish.
David Preiss – shopbot cutting of banquette backing
Tim Peck and Alejandro of Running Waters Plumbing
Hong-An Truong — video presentation installation
Brandon Hoe of Clear Sketch — mist projection
Joe Galas of Monkey Bottom – swinging door spilling between Maryah’s magical realism of the bus bin area and Heather’s Ethiopia Origin on the upper cabinet, planter bases for Joanne Andrews hand built pots.
Saleem Reshamwala — some unexpected video thingy
Al Strong — composition riffing off and communicating with the coordinates in Heather, Luzene and Elijah’s pieces
If we missed you, let us know!