Welcome Neighbors! That’s the greeting on the door of the new Front Range Coffeehouse and Provisions shop at 400 E Gregory (NE corner of Gregory and Oak). This isn’t your usual coffee shop; there is so much more here to explore, brought to you by the same folks who created Made in KC.
Partners Tyler Enders and Keith Bradley explained the mission of the café/store: “It’s kind of like a modern, eclectic bodega” with all kinds of specialty food items and fun stuff available to purchase. Every merchandise shelf offers something you’ll need or want: puzzles, t-shirts, candles, soaps, snacks, BBQ rubs, bags, cups and glasses…there’s over fifty different brands in this space! Tyler explained he wants to add seasonal items too, like garden tools, snow shovels and random, useful “stuff” that he thinks would be useful for area residents. (Suggestions welcome!) There’s a strong emphasis on a wide variety of local and regional products. You’ll see more than one kind of granola and coffee for sale. “There are so many people in KC who do coffee well; we will bring in different vendors and showcase them for a while, to give new businesses much needed exposure.”
Keith and Tyler, along with another partner, started Made in KC to promote small, locally owned businesses who have interesting and unique things to sell but lack the marketing skills and retail space. They started with a 15 vendor pop up shop in Prairiefire that “exceeded our expectations” and grew from there. Eventually, they wanted to open a coffee café. You may be familiar with the first Front Range spot in Fairway or the Outta the Blue Café (with a beach theme) at Park Place in Leawood. Front Range has a warm, Colorado cabin feel, inspired by Keith and Tyler’s annual trips to the mountain state. Notice the framed painting of a Colorado landscape by Tyler’s great grandma and Keith’s grandfather made the checkerboard table. They are both longtime Brookside residents, and their love of the neighborhood made them choose this location; they actually bought the entire, 100+ year old building! “We want people to feel like they can come in and camp out for a while—enjoy a beverage, play a board game, chat with friends and pick up a few fun items to take home” Tyler says. They offer a full line of expresso drinks and teas, pastries, some bottled juices and cold/vegan/gluten free food items plus donuts on the weekends. Coming soon: beer, wine, cocktails, and ice cream! There is something for everyone, of all ages.
Stop in and relax in your new neighborhood hang out—Front Range Coffeehouse and Provisions at Gregory and Oak. Current hours are 7am-5pm seven days a week; this summer they will stay open later and a Grand Opening is planned for next month.