Kimball Arts welcomes Alpine Internet Cafe
February 2, 2010
The Alpine Internet Café formerly at 738 Main Street will be located inside the Kimball Arts Center beginning Thursday morning.
Owner Bryan Markkanen said he left his lower Main location after a dispute with the landlord NNN Summit Watch.
His goals for the café and the goals of the Kimball Arts Center for their café space are in perfect alignment and he plans to be at the center for many years to come, he said.
"It was a quick exit, but we’d been eyeing this space of a while," he explained. "It’s perfect with the timing everything they’re doing and what we want to be doing."
Little will change about the café. It will still have computers, printers, Wi-Fi, comfortable chairs and couches for enjoying coffee while surfing the Internet on a laptop.
"It’s a slightly smaller, but better space," he said. "It’s a more efficient use of space."
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It will be the same business, only with an art gallery attached, he added.
Kimball Arts Center executive director Robin Rankin was visibly excited about the change Monday afternoon as the move was taking place. InStyle magazine donated furniture from its Sundance Film Festival lounge giving the café and the center a furnishing makeover.
She said the café moving in fits nicely with her goal of making the center a place where the entire community can hang out and be comfortable.
"Park Avenue will be the new black with the Blue Iguana, the Kimball Arts Center and Sugarbuzz," she said.
People naturally want to sit and relax where they get inspired, and be inspired by where they go to relax. The café and the center fit perfectly together, she said.
After the café reopens Thursday, the center will open with a glass exhibit on Friday. It’s shaping up to be a busy week, but Rankin said the community will have a new and improved Kimball Arts Center by this weekend.
Representation for NNN Summit Watch could not be reached.