Alchemy Coffee makes transformation to permanent VCU home

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jul 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-02 17:52:02-04

For his latest location, a mobile coffee entrepreneur plans on staying put for a while.

Eric Spivack plans to open Alchemy Coffee: The Lab this summer at 814 W. Broad St. inside the future home of the Virginia Commonwealth University arts department.

Spivack signed a three-year lease for an 800-square-foot section of the building.

Since 2012, Spivack has parked his tear-drop-shaped trailer around town, including on VCU’s campus and at the South of the James farmer’s market. One of his regulars at VCU is Joseph Seiple, the dean of the arts school, who pitched the idea of Alchemy setting up in the academic building.

“It’s been about a year that I’ve been looking,” Spivack said. “The idea for the trailer was always to use that as a test to evaluate the audience Richmond would be for specialty coffee.”

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