Little Rock Technology Park Announces New Tenant Blue Sail Coffee Roasters
Blue Sail Coffee Roasters of Conway, Arkansas has signed a lease to operate a retail coffee shop inside the Little Rock Technology Park Phase 1 development at 417 Main Street. The 1,222 square foot space will be located on the first floor at the main entrance to the facility and plans are to be open 7 AM to 7 PM during the week with Saturday hours as well.
Blue Sail Coffee Roasters was founded by Kyle Tabor and currently operates two stores in Conway with the first opening in 2014 and a new store next to the University of Central Arkansas campus opened this past fall. With the launch of the Little Rock location, Andy Pickle has joined Tabor as a partner in the overarching company and will oversee the Tech Park location. Eric Nelson of Moses Tucker Real Estate negotiated the three-year lease.
“The founding idea of my company is to, simply put, use coffee as a means to add value to my community and ultimately, to the community of our coffee farmers. Sourcing, roasting, and brewing excellent coffee, delivered with relationally-focused service is how we get there. The idea of bringing all of this to downtown Little Rock is an absolute pleasure.” Tabor said.
In addition to lattes, cold brew, and pour overs, Blue Sail will also be offering signature brunch items such as quiche, croissant sandwiches, and baked goods. The coffee shop is open to the public and the team is inspired to bring a different kind of coffee shop experience to the downtown market.
According to Tabor, “Little Rock has been yearning for a real coffee company that serves well-prepared espresso and slow brews. Blue Sail will be staffing some of our best and most experienced baristas from day one and I cannot wait to pioneer the coffee culture in Little Rock.”
“The coffee shop is key element to the highly-caffeinated startup scene providing tenants and their guests an opportunity to collaborate and communicate outside of traditional meeting space. Blue Sail is a perfect fit for the space given Kyle and Andy’s entrepreneurial background and spirit. We also welcome the public to come in and experience Blue Sail as well as see some of the amazing things happening in our local tech scene,” said Brent Birch, the Little Rock Technology Park’s executive director.
The Little Rock Technology Park facilities are set to open March 1, 2017 in the heart of Downtown Little Rock’s Creative Corridor. The 38,000 square foot facility will be a premier multi-use environment for entrepreneurs and businesses strengthening the region’s burgeoning technology industry. The Phase 1 project, which started construction in April of 2016, is transforming two nearly 100-year-old buildings into state of the art office, conference and meeting space to assist growing technology-focused companies and ideas develop and grow in Little Rock.
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