A new, locally owned Coffee Bar opened in Midtown Phoenix recently. Urban Beans, is the creation of 2 local Architects, who also own the entire complex where the business has opened. Kim Kristoff and Virginia Senior purchased and rehabbed the 1954 Mercury Building warehouse at 3508 N. Seventh St. two years ago as part of a venture with their firm, Phoenix-based Senior Rae Kristoff Architects. The company improved the property and signed a handful of independent retail tenants.
Still, one suite remained empty, so the duo decided it was time for them to open a community coffeehouse. The space opened in late September of 2009 and has a “great vibe”. The menu looks good, they have Free wi-fi and they are bringing in local artists and local musicians to provide some inspiration. On my first visit to Urban Beans, I noticed they have Scrabble on Monday nights, which I will definitely have to check out.