Known for its unusual design and connection to the city’s electronic music scene, a longstanding coffee shop in Detroit’s Capitol Park is returning this week with a new name and tweaked concept.
Sprkbox, formerly Urban Bean Co., will make its debut Friday ahead of the Movement festival with techno DJs, coffee drinks and cocktails. The coffee shop and electronic music festival have a similar history: they were both born in 2000 and Urban Bean was often a ticket seller for the fest and was considered the event’s “unofficial official” coffee shop.
“We’ve always had DJs, and we’ve had literally world-class DJs that have played Movement, have come down for coffee and have played records ’til 6 o’clock in the morning upstairs,” said owner Josh Greenwood.
The corner building, with two-story floor-to-ceiling glass windows that sits at West Grand River and Griswold, was formerly Save the Vinyl record store. When it opened as Urban Bean more than 20 years ago, there weren’t many places…