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Until now, Gray Squirrel Coffee Co. has nested itself inside other places.
Bookworms who stepped into the lobby of the Chapel Hill Public Library recently have been greeted by the aroma of its coffee. And the original shop was inside YesterYear’s Brewery in Carrboro. Now that shop has moved out on its own in the same shopping center.
Owner Shaw Sturton said the new standalone Gray Squirrel will have the space to sell not only cups of coffee but also diverse offerings of beans and brewing equipment.
Gray Squirrel dispenses coffees from Central America, Colombia and Ethiopia, seasonal espresso blends and single-origin coffees — Colombia Tolima, Costa Rica Tarrazu and Ethiopia Kochere. Sturton, who cut his teeth as a barista and coffee roaster in Phoenix and California, was the green coffee buyer for Blue Bottle Coffee Co. After many years in California, he and his wife, Cynthia, moved to Carrboro.
Carrboro shop hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Library stand hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gray Squirrel Coffee Co., 306 E. Main St., Carrboro, firstname.lastname@example.org