By Kevin Collison
Ian Davis knew his Blip coffee shop and roasterie in the West Bottoms was in for a bumpy business road when his connections on the West Coast warned him of the looming Covid-19 crisis in early March.
“We were one of the first to close up because of Covid,” he said. “My contacts said it was coming and I decided to shut down and got everybody on unemployment.”
It also proved to be a transitional time for Blip.
“We’re pivoting and making moves,” he said. “We’d been looking for a larger space, wanting to expand and stay in the West Bottoms.”
As a result, Blip Roasters has closed its small operation in the Wonder Shops + Flats development on Troost, handing it over to another entrepreneur, and also packed up and left its previous main digs at 1101 Mulberry.
Davis found his new building at the southwest corner of Mulberry and Woodsweather Road on the north edge of the West Bottoms and is in the middle of setting up shop. The new location is close to the Riverfront Heritage Trail.
“It’s a funkier part of the West Bottoms, but it has better access to the River Market and downtown, and we get a lot of bicycle traffic,” he said.
Right now, he’s roasting coffee and filling online orders with hopes to reopen to the public by the end of the summer. His new address is 1301 Woodsweather Rd.
Besides coffee, Blip is known for its motorcycle merchandise including clothing, helmets and accessories.
The motorcycle crowd that once loved to congregate at his Mulberry Street operation on Sunday mornings already have found his new location.
“We had our first Sunday Meet-Up last weekend,” Davis said.
“I was pretty proud of the number of people who wore masks and practiced social distancing.”
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