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Long-time Atlanta coffee roasting company JavaVino will expand with a new production facility and cafe in downtown Stone Mountain.
The Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority sold the old Post Office to JavaVino, as the Tucker Observer first reported. The space is more than 5,000 square feet and is located at 5379 E. Mountain St., just a block from downtown Stone Mountain’s Main Street.
“We’re moving our production facilities,” said Steve Franklin, who owns JavaVino with his wife, Heddy Kuhl. Her family has farmed coffee for six generations in Nicaragua, according to JavaVino’s website. They roast the coffee in Atlanta and have a robust wholesale business, Franklin said.
JavaVino previously had production space in Decatur, but they outgrew that facility, Franklin said.
With the new location in Stone Mountain, they also plan to open an additional cafe. JavaVino will continue to operate its location at 579 North Highland Avenue in Poncey-Highland.
“The building is way bigger than what we currently have, and it’s in a great location,” Franklin said of the Stone Mountain location. “So we are choosing to section off a part of our new warehouse for retail.”
He added that the team is still figuring out he details. There has been talk of also moving the production facilities for Monk’s Meadery, which currently operates a taproom out of the current JavaVino, to Stone Mountain as well.
“There’s a lot of potential,” Franklin said. “It’s a cool upgrade for us. It gives us the opportunity to absorb the growth we’ve had on the production side.”
JavaVino hopes to have the Stone Mountain production facility open by early January. The cafe will come later, he said.
“It’s a great tourist attraction,” Franklin said of Stone Mountain. “I’m real excited about it. I think long term, I’m getting in at a good time. The building will be all about craft beverages that are created in-house.”