New coffee shop coming to Des Moines skywalk seeks common ground with employees working from home
A new coffee shop coming to the Des Moines skywalk from EMC Insurance searches for common ground with its employees as they return to the office after working from home since the start of the pandemic.
The coffee shop, Common Ground, will open Jan. 3, 2022, on the EMC Insurance campus at 700 Walnut St. in a space that was formerly partially occupied by Timbuktuu Coffee. The coffeehouse plans to serve coffee from Blk & Bold, a Des Moines-based coffee and tea wholesaler, every Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and serve.
Cindy McCauley, EMC vice president of administrative services, said the company's catering partner, Company Kitchen, will manage the menu, which includes pastries, smoothies, wraps and sandwiches.
The 2,000-square-foot Common Ground will include a café for the public as well as a private lounge for EMC employees with badge access. McCauley said EMC is opening the coffee shop to serve as an incentive for employees — who have been working a home since the start of the pandemic — to return to the downtown Des Moines offices.
"We really wanted to create a space as our team members returned to the office to work that was new and different for them and would provide a different working environment for them if they want it," McCauley said. "We have a lot of people that work downtown that walk by this area and now we have a place for them to stop and grab their cup of coffee."
Common Ground will be the latest addition to the skywalk dining scene as downtown workers trickle back into offices. Other new dining options include Prep Kings Café with veggie-based dishes inside Local Bites food court, DeMo with novelty pizzas on the ground floor of the Equitable Building, and edible dough from Dough Crazy in the Nationwide building.
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Hannah Rodriguez covers retail for the Register. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @byherodriguez.