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Java Joes closing downtown Des Moines coffee house, moving to Ankeny

Owner Tim Brehm told Local 5 there will be changes with the business's branding, but the same coffee and events it had downtown will continue on in Ankeny.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Java Joes, a Des Moines staple, is shutting down its downtown location and moving its roastery to Ankeny.

CEO Tim Brehm made the announcement in a Facebook post on Tuesday saying it was "a very difficult decision to make."

The coffee house has been open for 29 years.

Brehm said he plans to add entertainment at the new location at 127 N Ankeny Blvd. and hopes artists will consider performing there. He also said all gift cards can continue to be purchased and redeemed in Ankeny.

In an interview with Local 5 on Friday, Brehm said there will be a few changes to the business. However, he hopes that some things will remain the same. 

"We've got more changes coming as far as getting the signage out there and doing some remodeling in the building," Brehm said. "But we are serving coffee, lattes, everything we did downtown, we're doing up here. Certainly, the atmosphere and the eclectic nature of that building lent some amazing times down there."

Good Afternoon We have made the decision to move the coffee roasting operation to Ankeny, Iowa at 127 North Ankeny...

Posted by Java Joes CoffeeHouse on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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