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PaLatté Coffee and Art blends love for art with pleasure of coffee

Maria and Federico Farias, two local independent artists, combined two of their favorite things to create a new destination downtown designed to remove the barriers between people and art.
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Hours will be announced upon opening on August 10.

For updates, check out PaLatté's Facebook and Twitter.

Maria and Federico Farias, both who sell their work online, understand that galleries can be intimidating, especially based on cost.

“Personally, from my life, I have always been intimidated of galleries. I won’t be able to afford what is inside. We wanted to create something that would bring people in to enjoy the art and see that there are different price ranges and it is more casual,” says Maria Federico.

Maria Federico and her husband created PaLatté Coffee and Art (150 East Fulton Street) to marry both their love for painting and of coffee. Both are active in the art community and have participated in Artprize.

“We chose downtown because we like the art aspect. PaLatté Coffee and Art is next to Avenue for the Arts. We are close to everything so I thought this would be the perfect spot,” says Maria Federico.

The two plan to hang their works of art for the grand opening, set for August 10.

For coffee, the shop will offer Uncommon Grounds coffee out of Saugatuck, MI and plans to feature a local bakery as a source for pastries.

“I want to concentrate on art too. I want to do it well and really curate artists in the right way,” says Maria Federico.

The couple will be open to local artists and will accept resumes and samples of work in the future to showcase those working within the community. All featured art will labeled to let patrons know the artist's name, title of the piece and the medium used, as well as price.

“Our niche is that people can enjoy art in a different way. It will be an artsy place with coffee, tea and specialty beverages. We are not the purest type of coffee shop- we are going to have blended beverages. We don’t mind if people want the frappe with vanilla and whipped cream on top,” says Federico.

The shop, say the Federicos, will provide the atmosphere to study, meet friends or just gather to appreciate featured art.

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