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Downtown Belleville won’t get a new coffee shop after all

Remy Black Coffee owner Bret Garrett. Although his storefront won’t open, Garrett will continue to sell coffee online.
Remy Black Coffee owner Bret Garrett. Although his storefront won’t open, Garrett will continue to sell coffee online. canthony@bnd.com

The tables and chairs were in place, a sign was on the front door and several cans of paint had transformed the empty storefront — then progress stopped.

After pouring countless hours of labor into a vacant space at 119 E. Main St., Bret Garrett will not be able to open his coffee shop downtown.

The former fast food worker turned entrepreneur had planned to welcome customers at the end of October, but ran into delays along the way.

Now the building’s owner wants to sell it, leaving Garrett without a location for his business.

“We are going to take another run at it in the future,” Garrett said. “But right now, we are going to rework our business strategy.”

Remy Black Coffee is still available online.

The company will continue to donate a portion of its proceeds to Haiti where Garrett was inspired to help others during a mission trip to the country after it was devastated by an earthquake.

“You have to work with purpose,” Garrett said. “I know most people work for a check. My motivation was: ‘What am I going to do, since I’m here?’”

Cara Anthony: 618-239-2471, @CaraRAnthony

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