New store selling plants and coffee is opening in Tacoma

A new business in Tacoma will allow people to connect, drink coffee and buy plants while also giving back to the community.

The Neighborhood Plant Project announced via social media Tuesday it will be joining with Heritage Art Center to bring Heritage Coffee and Plant House to downtown Tacoma.

The new shop at 2310 Court A plans to give people a chance to collaborate with others in creativity but also continue TNPP’s mission of providing free plants and cards to the community. As described by TNPP’s owner Blake Mara, the profit the shop makes from consumers goes to a good cause.

“Basically I deliver plants, free plants, and handwritten cards of encouragement to our isolated and homebound community members, and I have been doing that since May of 2020. So when I opened my plant shop, I allocated a percentage of all plant sales to that project, and so that will continue,” Mara told The News Tribune on Tuesday.

Heritage Coffee and Plant House has something for everyone, whether people want to have a birthday party at the shop, join workshops provided there or just get some work done while having coffee or tea.

Co-owner Blake Mara at her new Heritage Coffee & Plant House in downtown Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The multi-faceted shop brings together The Neighorhood Plant Project and the Heritage Art Center along with other local businesses to provide a community gathering space. Tony Overman [email protected]

“When I created The Neighborhood Plant Project two years ago, my goal was always to have a place where people can come and congregate and have a snack and have something to drink and shop and sit and play with the plants and kind of [have] a safe haven. More of an experience than just a plant shop,” Mara said.

Not only will customers be able to buy coffee and tea from farmlands in Kenya, they will also be able to buy retail items such as clothing and art.

For now, Mara told The News Tribune, the shop is open for retail only. The shop is working to meet requirements from the health department to open the food and beverage aspect of the shop within the next six months. Customers still can come to the shop and purchase packages of coffee and tea from Kenya.

Mara said she believes supporting smaller businesses also helps the community.

“I am from Texas and it is a very different world down there, and there’s not this sense of community collaboration that we have here in Tacoma, and I am just so enthralled by that. I just love that so much and I just want to ensure that I keep that going by bringing the community in, bringing the kids in, bringing the seniors in … and I think it’s important that the community knows, when they support small businesses and they’re spending money at small businesses, that it’s going back in the community.”

Heritage Coffee and Plant House

2310 Court A, Tacoma

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.; closed Monday

Anita Shire

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