Unique business model helps coffee shop build community

It seems fitting that the maroon-painted brick building with the faded, green-striped awning stands at one of the most unique intersections in South Bend, Indiana.
Four streets — Portage, DeMaude, California and Cottage Grove — all converge from a variety of directions, forming anything but right angles. Just a few dozen feet away is the door to a place that reflects a similar nexus on the inside of its walls.
People from diverse walks of life mingle, merge and congregate inside the long, narrow space filled with art and furniture as eclectic as its patrons.
Even further driving home the idea that this little corner of a once-embattled South Bend neighborhood is some sort of hub of convergence is the fact that The Local Cup coffee shop truly serves as a bridge — literally and metaphorically — between the Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc. development office on one side and the actual community center on the other.
Connections are what truly fill The Local Cup.

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