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At Fourteen East, Artwork Is One Of The Perks

By Pamela Sosnowski

At Fourteen East, coffee and art go together like a café latte and a croissant. Owner Joanne Czerny, an interior designer in the Detroit area, decided to combine her love for artwork and specialty brew coffee into an eclectic setting that helps make the coffee shop stand out from the usual chains.

"We are a café, gallery and gift shop, carrying original contemporary art and unique gift items," she explains. "We have a bright ambience and play classical or soft music, easy on the ears and perfect for a relaxing snack or off-site meeting. We also have a private meeting room available for rent for gatherings."

The café serves a variety of coffee and tea including vacuum siphoned coffee, an innovative way of brewing that produces a smoother, crisp, and rich blend. A variety of baked goods and pastries as well as boxed sandwich and salad lunches are available. According to Czerny, specialties include the pumpkin spice mocha (made with real pumpkin and spice), Hot Chocolate and Café Mocha made with a real Pete's Chocolate Company truffle. Czerny works with several local suppliers for most of her menu items: Chazzano Coffee, Ethel's Edibles and Edibles Rex are just a few of the partners.

On the second Saturday of each month, Fourteen East, along with 45 other participating galleries, is part of Detroit's Second Saturday gallery event, organized by Art Detroit Now. Customers can view the featured exhibition and often meet the artist during the Second Saturday event. Gift items, featuring work by other local artists, are always on display and available for purchase.

One of the café's unique offerings is its small meeting room, suitable for private meetings or gatherings for up to 10 people. The café will work with the booking party to provide catering for breakfast or all day meetings.

Customers attest to the unpretentious, clean atmosphere, plentiful seating, and the ability to comfortably hold a conversation in the café in addition to the menu items. The café is also in an ideal location in Midtown Detroit. "We are located in the historic Park Shelton Building where one will find three women's clothing shops, two full restaurants, and a pizza shop," says Czerny. "This is a great place to meet before or after a visit to the Detroit Institute of Art, the Detroit Historical Museum, or Michigan Science Center."

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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