Coffee shop, bakery putting final touches on shops before opening in Crossroads district

Posted at 3:28 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 17:51:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After nearly three years, two young Kansas City businesses, Messenger Coffee Co. and Ibis Bakery, are finishing up the final touches to the newest café opening up in the Crossroads Arts District.

"It's definitely like an art community and we feel that we'll be participating in that in like our own way,” said Chris Matsch of Ibis Bakery.
Come fall, the local businesses will bring their craft to the Crossroads Arts District.
"We're making it by hand and producing it and it's sort of like a representation of us in some way,” said Matsch.

Converting the former car dealership at 1624 Grand Blvd. was said to be a long process because of the building’s historical status.

"When you walk through the doors, our coffee bar will be on the right hand side and that's actually where you'll see all of our pastries and our breads that we make fresh every day,” said Matsch.
On the second floor of the building, you’ll find Messenger Coffee Co.
"We buy coffee from all over the world,” said Nick Robertson of Messenger Coffee Co.
Customers will have the opportunity to see firsthand, the roasting of fresh coffee beans from places like Peru, El Salvador and Guatemala.
"We wanted to control the quality from the farm to the cup. This is kind of our first opportunity to do that,” said Robertson.
Creating delicious concoctions daily, you’ll find Robertson in their coffee lab on the second floor. 
"We have our lab where we'll be sample roasting and cupping and hopefully inviting customers into that,” said Robertson.
Ibis Bakery shares the same passion, producing the best product by sourcing high-quality ingredients. Bringing one of most unique café’s to downtown Kansas City.

You can actually like walk up to a baker, walk up to someone roasting coffee and then also buy that right there, it's really unique for the city,” said Matsch.
Once the business opens, they’ll provide a small coffee, pastry, and bread menu. Matsch said a food menu is also in the works.

The grand opening is set for October 7.

Hours: 7 a.m. – 3  p.m.

Wednesday – Sunday