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Downtown Fresno gets its third new coffee shop this year. How many can it support?

The Brew Fix is open at 1560 Fulton Street in downtown Fresno from 6 a.m to 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The Brew Fix is open at 1560 Fulton Street in downtown Fresno from 6 a.m to 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. bclough@fresnobee.com

The third new coffee shop to open in downtown Fresno this year is serving up lattes and cold-brew coffee.

The Brew Fix Coffee House opened Friday at 1560 Fulton Street at the corner of Calaveras Street. It’s one of the first businesses to open in Granville’s The Lede, which has apartments and live-work spaces.

Brew Fix serves coffee from another downtown business, Lanna Coffee. It was packed with customers Friday morning.

The coffee shop also sells muffins, scones and a “treat of the day” like a mini hand-held waffle.

It’s open from 6 a.m to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The mini boom of coffee shops may have some people asking how many coffee shops can downtown Fresno support?

Only time will tell, but so far the answer is seven. Besides Brew Fix:

▪ Cornerstone Coffee Co. is less than a block away from Brew Fix – 466 feet away, according to Google Maps – at 1463 Fulton St. Cornerstone skews early with a 3 p.m. closure. The nonprofit benefits a faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for women.

▪ Dale Bros., a coffee and gift shop, opened in mid June at 744 P St., part of the historic Warehouse Row.

▪ Kids Cafe 2019 at 2019 Mariposa Mall opened in January serving coffee, along with soups and sandwiches. It employs 18- to 22-year-olds in the Fresno County Office of Education’s adult transition program.

▪ Valparaiso Cafe & Roastery is doing brisk business inside tech hub Bitwise Industries at 700 Van Ness Avenue.

▪ Cafe Aroma, at 550 Fulton Street, just south of Belmont Avenue, is open limited hours.

▪ Starbucks is the one coffee chain open downtown at Kern and N Streets. Downtown Fresno could support even more, said Craig Scharton, interim president and CEO of the Downtown Fresno Partnership.

“Ultimately, it’s up to the market to determine how many, but when we go to other cities, I think you’ll find that’s just the beginning and we could have 30 or so” citywide, Scharton said.

Also, more tech-sector employees are coming to downtown as Bitwise Industries continues to expand. They’re fueled by coffee and craft beer, creating even more customer demand, Scharton notes.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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