The [HAS HEART] Coffee Shop is a community base connecting the past with the present as a conduit for conversations and relationships built between veterans and civilians.

Through a partnership with the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation department, [HAS HEART] is able to uniquely fulfill its mission of bringing worlds together through art, design, and now: coffee.

Park History:

Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission

This park was originally deeded to Kent County in 1834 by Samuel and Anna Dexter. The City of Grand Rapids acquired ownership of the 1+ acre greenspace in 1852. Following World War I, residents expressed interest in converting the park into a memorial space with the names of the men and women lost in WWI. In 1926, the American Legion helped construct the granite pylons that are still standing there today, designed by local architect Ralph W. Demmon. In 1956, the park’s name changed from Fulton Park to Veterans Memorial Park, with monuments being erected honoring those lost in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Building History:

Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission

Located on the oldest park grounds in the city at Grand Rapids Veterans Memorial Park, the stone Classic Revival building was designed by local architect Henry H. Turner and constructed in 1936 with Works Projects Administration (WPA) funds. The now historic building was first home to the West Michigan Tourist and Resort Association. The building has reportedly been used previously as a recruiting station during WWII, but little is known about its use since then and when it was occupied by administration staff for the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum in the 1990s and early 2000s.

[HAS HEART] started “borrowing” the space to host our annual ArtPrize exhibits and pop-up shops starting in 2014. After a couple of years of temporarily activating the space each Fall, the concept for the Coffee Shop was put into motion in 2016. After years of fundraising, a global pandemic, and nearly a year of renovations, the [HAS HEART] Coffee Shop first opened for Veterans Day on November 11, 2023.

Come join us for a cup of coffee! Featuring Madcap roasts.

See our hours and menu.

22 Sheldon Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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