It didn't take long after opening for Black Crow Coffee to weave itself into the fabric of Downtown St. Pete’s java community. Nestled in an unassuming retail building in Historic Old Northeast, Black Crow has become a space where creatives gather to share their art, where community members sip coffee and chat about the town, and where those trying to escape an office can read, study, work, or dream.
Black Crow's story began back in 2007 when Greg Bauman opened his first coffee concept on Gulf Boulevard in the beach town of Indian Shores, FL. Nestled between the gulf and the intercostal, the appropriately named Indian Shores Coffee Co. found its place in the community. Eight years later, Bauman set out to create more spaces for the community in other parts of Pinellas — which brought him to St. Pete.
In 2015, Bauman, along with Deana Hawk, opened Black Crow Coffee, at 772 2nd Street North. Almost immediately it was apparent that they’d need more space as the concept began to grow. So they began by taking over the next door space that was formerly occupied by Wild Lotus Yoga.
A year later, in 2016, the pair began leasing space in Grand Central District to roast their own coffee. And with every bean they roasted, Black Crow's popularity grew, so much so that Greg and Deanna are now planning on opening a second location.
Later this month, adjacent to their roastery at 24 22nd Street South, the pair will officially welcome Black Crow Coffee's second location in a space recently vacate by Calusa Press. And in the spirit of the original, Hawk and Bauman hope to bring local art, music, community, and of course great coffee, to the booming Grand Central community located just west of Downtown St. Petersburg.
Situated at the corner of 22nd Street South and 1st Avenue South, the Grand Central location provides ample street parking and easy in-and-out access for quick coffee breaks between errands or on the way to work, something the original location didn't afford. The space will feature two glass garage doors in the main seating area which will open to a spacious courtyard. Black Crow plans to host movie nights, good ole disco dance parties, and other community functions. “We’re always keepin’ it crow style!” quips Deana.
Like the original, with its unique indie-bohemian style, the decor of the new location will pay homage to St. Pete by featuring chairs and tables from Brocante Market and will showcase murals by local artists and St. Pete organizations like Creative Clay.
The space is airy and inviting and already boasts an impressive espresso machine that Deana is very eager to serve from. In addition to the new location and adjacent roastery, Greg anticipates building a recording studio for up-and-coming musicians on the northern side of the property in the near future.
Black Crow Coffee will debut its second location on February 17th with an event that, keeping with their roots, features local artists including Walla Child, live music, and a few craft vendors. Be sure to check out their new location when it opens and keep in touch with Black Crow Coffee by following them on Facebook and Instagram.