ahmahler posted at 01:53:34 PM on Oct 27, 2016:
Claro coffee is in the midst of a soft opening and will have normal hours next week 7a-7p. Sounds like they are looking at staying open until 11pm on the weekends.
3 years ago, I had a winemaker staying downtown. He is a coffee freak. His litmus test for a civilized downtown included a NY Times a proper cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. We failed. Every time I hear about a new, promising coffee shop opening up, I'm reminded of what we DIDN'T have, and how slow progress can seem until you witness 4 or 5 really good coffee shops open in 3 years.
In regards to Claro, which I welcome to the coffee ecosystem, I have to say I'm surprised it's now our second "mission-based" coffee house in downtown toledo in less than 6 months.
While many here know there was a minor controversy amongst many parties when Rustbelt opened because of it's ties to a church, Claro is in the same boat.
An angry friend just posted some links on facebook which I found interesting. From here: http://pastorkirk.com/files/tag-toledo.html
"First Alliance Church, we want to invite you to be a part of Claro—a mission outpost in UpTown, bringing Light to the Darkness.
This ministry strategy has been used by many Alliance churches both in the United States and abroad, creating a third space for building relationships and making disciples. We studied their best practices and a after many months of research, we have a business plan and identified a location at the corner of Adams and 18th Street. Our next steps are to sign a lease, purchase equipment, hire and train staff, and prepare for the harvest.
Claro represents a risk for First Alliance, but we believe God is leading us to pursue this venture. In Matthew 25, one investor took a risk and was rewarded while the other buried his gold in the ground and was called a worthless servant. Claro is not discipleship, but we believe it is a tool we can use to make disciples while blessing our city. "
Another facebook note about Claro... as someone who has previously had a career in hospitality I'm very aware of yelp / facebook reviews etc, specifically the trends for what is real vs. what is a scam etc .
Claro has not been open more than a few days and they already have 35 reviews on facebook with all of them but one 5 stars. Some of the reviews coming in before they were open. Thats a HECK of a lot of reviews for a brand new spot.
I wish them and everyone else opening up stuff in the city the best.