CYM Coffee adding space, products, ideas


Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.

The CYM Coffee company, a coffee shop nestled in a corner off of Newberry Road, is expanding its business with a larger store, more products, and a garden shop among other ideas for the future.

The business, in the Green Market Plaza at 5402 NW 8th Avenue, is a multifaceted operation created by Ken Block, the lead singer of the band Sister Hazel. The name of the business comes from Block’s song “Change Your Mind.”

“The mission was simply to have a good time doing things that matter,” Block said. “We all wanted to spend time together and make the community, and ourselves, a little better in the process.”

The coffee shop, which opened in June, previously contained a small grocery store. The store, called the Cymplify store, will open in a neighboring building in early January. Featured products will include local foods, Florida Gator apparel and hand-dipped ice cream.

A neighboring nursery, formerly called Gardener’s Edge, will be partnering with the Cymplify store under the new name Cymple Gardens. The nursery will focus on sustainable practices from gardening basics to hydroponic systems.

The team supporting the business, a group of friends who grew up in Gainesville, plan to host a variety of events, festivals and workshops in the space.

“We all grew up here. What we are is a group of good friends who decided to get together and bring our own special talents to create something,” Block’s wife Tracy Montgomery-Block said.

The shop will host an event Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. called Light Up Cymplify with food, beer, wine, live music and a chance to stroll through the business’ new space. Music will be provided by Camryn Wessner as well as Block.

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