No longer confined to serve a single purpose, today’s coffee shops have become grey territory, often functioning as a work place, hang out and eatery all in one. In Cleveland, a new coffee spot called Foyer is striking a particularly enticing chord. Located in the city’s Ohio City neighbourhood, the stylish café not only hits the design high notes, but the culinary and sustainable ones too.

Situated within the Seymour Building, a historic 1876 icon at the heart of a $60 million neighbourhood renovation project, Foyer is an airy, ground-floor café that strides straight into the present. Formerly home to the area’s beloved Kiefer’s Tavern, Foyer keeps with tradition and is conceived as a community gathering place. In addition to the coffee shop proper, the space also features a lounge and event space that seamless blends together, where locals can come together and interact. Custom drapery helps to partition the space as per necessity, while vintage furniture pieces and custom-designed additions from furniture makers Bones and All bring an inviting warmth to the space.

Coffee by Parlour Coffee and shortbread by Café Warshafsky at Foyer, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Photography: Lexi Ribar, for Beauty Shoppe

Armed with a menu of artisanal teas and coffee from Brooklyn’s Parlor Coffee (available for the first time in Cleveland), Foyer also doles out light food from local partners, including seasonal lunch offerings from local farm produce, developed by grocers Ohio City Provisions, and baked goods from Tommy’s Pastries, a hidden-gem bakery just outside of the city that’s run by a Hungarian family. (The apple croissant has become a Foyer signature.)

It should come as no surprise that Foyer will feed into a new branch of the co-working space brand, Beauty Shoppe, which makes its Cleveland debut this week. The Pittsburgh-based group, which currently operates six spaces there, is known for combining historic building preservations with creating hospitality-driven workspaces.

Community space between Foyer Cafe and Beauty Shoppe co-working space

Photography: Lexi Ribar, for Beauty Shoppe

‘Beauty Shoppe Seymour Building is our first location in Cleveland,’ says Morgan Stewart, Beauty Shoppe’s director of design, ‘That’s a big deal for us – we are becoming part of an entirely new social and professional community. When we were developing the concept for the café, we kept coming back to this idea of a foyer, of a place to meet and come together. We knew the café couldn’t exist alone, nor could the co-working space. So we blended the spaces together with this really special lounge that invites our café guests to stay awhile and experience Beauty Shoppe and also encourage our members not to come to work and close themselves off because at the end of the day work is inherently social. This blending of public and private space is unique for a work environment and we believes it creates a richer workday.’ §