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Posted on Sat, May 25, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in Ypsilanti to add outdoor cafe

By Katrease Stafford


Sweetwaters employee Nathan Gire fills an order during the first day of business at the new location at 735 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

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The Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea location in Ypsilanti will add an outdoor cafe in June.

Owner Lisa Bee said the cafe will be similar to the ones at her other locations and will be located on the right side of the building, across from an adjacent parking lot.

"We’ve already gone through the permitting process, but we still have to get a few things in place," Bee said. "I think it's ideal for this location. It's a really nice area for it."

Bee said she's hoping to have between four to eight tables. The cafe, depending on the weather, may be open until October.

Bee said her business has been well-received by Ypsilanti.

"It's going great and we've been busy," Bee said. "We love the community."

The Ypsilanti location opened in March, after Wei and Lisa Bee signed a lease last November to open in the 1,300-square-foot building at 735 W. Cross St.

The Ypsilanti location has about 15 employees and seats between 30 and 40 patrons.

Sweetwaters was founded in 1993 by the Bees, who have three locations in Ann Arbor: one on East Washington Street downtown, one in Kerrytown and one on Plymouth Road.

The menu offerings are largely the same as the other locations and feature BakeBar desserts, which are made by Sweetwaters.

The recently renovated building at 729-735 W. Cross St., already is home to two first-floor retail tenants — a SUBWAY sandwich shop and the Ypsilanti T-shirt Co. shop.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.


Honest Abe

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 4:41 p.m.



Sat, May 25, 2013 : 3:35 p.m.

The Ugly Mug is gonna have to step up there game (...hint start with re-organizing your parking situation, and stay open later and more consistently open in the early morning...)