Hyphen is coming

Hyphen, the new everything business coming to Patton Avenue, could just as appropriately be called “slash.”

The longtime Creatures Café spot will become a coffee roaster/yoga studio/tattoo parlor/art gallery/music classroom.

Why so many operations in one building? The concept is about more than keeping rent costs low, co-owner Kimi Leger explains. The goal is to “create a community of artists,” she says. “It kind of came to us as a brainstorm one day. We’re all very close friends, and we get along very well.”

Hyphen has four official owners and a number of additional collaborators. Among them is Mark Oliveri, who will spearhead the coffee roasting operation. “I’ve been roasting for about 18 years,” he says. “We slow-roast, and we have a proprietary roasting system that we use.”

Until recently, he traveled the East Coast with his roaster, preparing beans for private labels, such as Majik Coffee Co., as well as doing contract work for national brands.

Look for more updates about Hypen in the coming month, Leger says. The business is preparing to open at 81 Patton Ave. but has yet to develop its Web presence.

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