4121 Main, Bloomfield's newest coffee shop, is an oasis. The space is small but welcoming, and full of fresh flowers and natural light from the large storefront windows. Patrons are talking or reading, but — thanks to the intentional absence of Wi-Fi — no one is working on laptops.
But there's more to this shop than coffee, even if it does boast a top-of-the-line espresso machine and beans from the highly regarded Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland, Ore. "Basically, [we] founded the shop based on how we creatively wanted to express ourselves," explains Kira Hoeg, who opened the shop in February with artist and event-planner Thommy Conroy. "Thommy has been working in floristry for awhile now, and I've been working in coffee, and we [wanted] to bring the two together with a focus on design."
While you're grabbing your morning coffee, you can pick up one of Conroy's hand-tied bouquets (a selection of his paintings currently hangs on the walls, but Hoeg says they plan to rotate artists on a seasonal basis), or chat with the owners about putting together a wedding, party or other event.
"We consider this our concept shop," says Hoeg, who — among other stops in her coffee career — helped design the coffee bar at Marty's Market. "This [gives] people a chance to stop in and have a coffee. If that's all the person does with the business, that's wonderful. If they're interested in something else, that's a way for them to connect with us."