Villa Park is grinding out its own coffee shop.
Cabrona Coffee is slated to open at 605 Knox Court this fall, said owner Monica Villalobos. The business will take up the 1,200-square-foot unit on the right side of the building that formerly housed grocer Jerry’s Market.
Villalobos originally planned to launch a mobile coffee business, but changed plans when she found a brick-and-mortar location she liked.
“There are a lot of families here in west Denver and a lot of people with history on this side of town,” she said. “There’s a good mix of people here who need coffee — the nearest is probably a mile and a half away.”
Villalobos said she signed a five-year lease in December at about $13 per square foot. Cabrona’s coffee offerings will generally be traditional with “a Mexican twist.”
“Part of my business model will be to focus on underserved coffee communities,” she said. “I’m Mexican-American and we’re drinking coffee all the time. It feels like there’s not an inclusive space.”
Villalobos is coming from a long career in the nonprofit sector, where she most recently worked as manager of social enterprise at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. In that role, she was founding partner of Strong, Smart and Bold Beans, a coffee cart that provides entrepreneurship and business-leadership training to young members of the Girls Inc. program.
Records show that a new business called Yonni’s Market is slated to take over the 1,250-square-foot space on the left side of Cabrona’s building.