Café Liv opens in former Ypsilanti auto repair shop –

YPSILANTI, MI — William Sloan says the Ypsilanti community has embraced his new coffee shop — despite not having a huge grand opening.

“It’s kind of growing organically, which was kind of my hope,” Sloan said.

Sloan launched Café Liv, 202 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, in mid-July. The location was previously home to A1 Quality Transmission & Auto Repair.

Café Liv serves what Sloan called a “basic espresso menu,” featuring coffee drinks like macchiatos, cortado, drip coffee, cold brew and pour over coffee. Available syrups include lavender, vanilla, caramel, rose and pistachio.

The café also carries specialty drinks, including the Liv Latte, which features lavender and rose and is named after Sloan’s daughter, Olivia. The Chloe latte, featuring pistachio and rose syrup, is named after Sloan’s friend and local dance studio owner Chloé Antoun.

“She popped in one day and just said, ‘Bill, do you have pistachio syrup? And then I didn’t,” Sloan said. “I felt bad, but I ordered some and then she told me that pistachio and rose is where it’s at. So I put in on the menu and now it’s The Chloe.”

Community involvement has been the highlight of the opening, Sloan said.

“I thought maybe I should rename the coffee shop or maybe I should have named it like Intersection Coffee,” Sloan said. “I’m at the intersection of Washington on North Washington, but it’s also the intersection of different ideas, beliefs, people, backgrounds.”

Café Liv also features pastries from local companies like Bird Dog Bakery and Milk + Honey.

“That’s kind of how I wanted this to work out, just a place for people to come in and chill, have a good cup of coffee and talk with others,” Sloan said. “It seems like people are responding to that.”

Café Liv, 202 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, is closed for the weekend but will reopen Aug. 8. It is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. Find the café online or on social media.

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