The Wakery, a late-night coffee shop and dry bar, will open in downtown Springfield on Saturday, April 1.
Owner Elizabeth Wake said, “The back bar is completely built, we’re just getting the furniture put in and everything cleaned up and ready to go – we’re down to the last little bit.”
The 1,500-square-foot space at 5 Old State Capitol Plaza previously housed Long Nine Junction, which closed in February 2021 when owners Corey and Emily Faucon moved to Petersburg.
Wake first announced plans for The Wakery in August 2022. She told SBJ at the time she wanted to provide “a positive nightlife atmosphere and build up an inclusive, non-alcoholic community.”
She began offering pre-made bags of her specialty drinks at the Old Capitol Farmers market while fundraising for a brick-and-mortar location. Wake said she raised nearly $12,000 through a Kickstarter campaign, and The Wakery was the first recipient of the $20,000 Isringhausen Drive Grant, which benefits newly established businesses in the downtown area.
Wake has partnered with other area small businesses and said, “If we can source it locally, that’s what we’re going to do our absolute best to do.” She plans to offer coffee from Custom Cup and tea from Whimsy Tea Company, two other downtown businesses, along with baked goods from Incredibly Delicious and Golden Hour Bake House.
The Wakery will be open 4-11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
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