That big-time build-out along West Third Street — you know, the one that already has Belcampo and sweetgreen right next to each other — is now complete, with last week’s quiet arrival of Verve Coffee.
The powerhouse roastery and retailer has been teasing this latest location since at least early spring, when word first leaked that the Santa Cruz-based company would be dropping in a trio of new locations around the city. Some of those (read: Highland Park) have been put on the back burner, while others, like the West Hollywood space on Melrose, came together beautifully.
Now it’s Third Street’s turn, with their slow rollout that began with a quiet soft-opening last week. The shop is up to full hours now though (that’s 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily), and is already grabbing some attention with the locals. The space itself seems smaller than the wide glass frontage would have you believe, but that’s mostly because of the large wraparound coffee bar situated in the middle of the open room. There’s ample elbow space for Verve’s juice and tea programs, as well as cold brew systems, a pastry case, and a shiny new espresso machine.
The rest of the room is a wrap of pale woods and varied seating, from small stools crowded into a communal table to two-tops pushed against some long bench seating against a far wall. There’s also additional shelf space on the opposite side for the usual retail purchases, from Chemex glassware to mugs, bags of coffee, and t-shirts.
Verve West Third is now open daily, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and even features a parking lot! It's small, but still, it's better than nothing. For laptoppers, there's WiFi and a few plugs around, too.
Verve West Third
8051 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA