4 Coffee Shops Within Walking Distance of UM-Flint Ice Rink

Café Rhema in downtown Flint

Café Rhema in downtown Flint

For those of you looking to warm up after skating around downtown Flint’s recently re-opened ice rink, check out these four cozy coffee shops and cafes — all within walking distance* of the University Pavilion. 

A 3-MINUTE WALK: Café Rhema, 432 S. Saginaw St., Flint

With baristas dressed in 1920s-inspired attire and décor to match, Café Rhema (pictured) offers a blast to the past with historic photos displayed against exposed-brick walls. Beyond the traditional Americanos, lattes and drip coffees, guests can opt for one of the 16-ounce “VIP Espresso Drinks,” which have memorable names such as Swift Kick to the Head and The Cat Came Back.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

A 5-MINUTE WALK: Flint Crepe Company, 555 S. Saginaw St., Flint

This eatery may be best known for serving up freshly made crepes, but the staff at the Flint Crepe Company sure know how to make a mean coffee. In addition to a traditional Italian-style menu and loose-leaf tea selection, the venue also offers up a variety of specialty drinks — salted caramel lattes, homemade egg nog, etc. — made with syrups and flavorings crafted in-house.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

A 9-MINUTE WALK: The Good Beans Cafe, 328 N. Grand Traverse St., Flint 

Established in 2000, this coffee shop features an old-school bar, fully stocked with teas, flavored syrups and key ingredients for your favorite coffee drinks. Most beverages can be made as decaf, and patrons can save 15 cents if they bring in their own cup.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

A 9-MINUTE WALK: Hot Cups/Wanna Spoon, 300 E. 1st St., Flint

Located in the bustling Flint Farmers’ Market, Hot Cups/Wanna Spoon is known for its friendly and personable ownership. The small business, which also sells gelato, offers an an all-organic menu of lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and specialty coffee and tea beverages. In recognition of National Tea Month 2016, Hot Cups will feature different specialty teas at a reduced price throughout the month of January. 

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

*Walking times based on estimates provided by MapQuest.com.

Foodie Fave Friday: Café Rhema Brings Roaring Twenties, Robust Coffee Selection to Flint

Cafe Rhema

With baristas dressed in 1920s-inspired attire and décor to match, Café Rhema offers a blast to the past while serving up a robust selection of coffees, smoothies and Bubble tea.

Beyond the traditional Americanos, lattes and drip coffees, guests can opt for one of the 16-ounce “VIP Espresso Drinks,” which have memorable names such as:

  • Swift Kick to the Head: White chocolate and caramel, topped with a shot of cold half-and-half
  • Twinkle-Toes: Pistachio, macadamia, hazelnut and almond
  • Macbeth the Villain: Macadamia nut, tiramisu, hazelnut and almond
  • None Shall Pass: Amaretto, vanilla, hazelnut and macadamia nut
  • The Cat Came Back: Amaretto, chocolate, cinnamon and coconut
  • The Vespa: Tiramisu, chocolate and caramel
  • The 19th Amendment: White Chocolate , caramel, pistachio, and macadamia nut

The coffee shop, which showcases historic photos against exposed-brick walls, also offers a sandwich menu including a grilled chicken club, a crunchy PB&J and a pesto flatbread, in addition to freshly baked pastries, bagels and muffins.

Located at 432 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint, Café Rhema is open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (810) 342-0511 or visit www.caferhema.com.

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Flint and Genesee County Gearing Up For An Exciting Week

Summer’s end may be fast approaching but it’s hard not to get a little giddy as this time of year rolls around.  As most people know this week is all about cars, trucks, and the area’s automotive love affair.  Back to the Bricks is back this week for its ninth year and it’s bound to be its biggest year yet but cars aren’t the only thing going on this week as Downtown Flint welcomes two new businesses to the area – one an expansion of an established brand and the other a re-branding of an established business and both of them projects with a lot of promise and hope for the area.

This week will see Flint’s downtown coffee shop The Brown Sugar Café transformed into Café Rhema, a high concept coffee house specializing in an atmosphere of comfort and a goal of being the place people head to when they want to just sit and talk over a hot cup of coffee.  The new café will feature a refreshed look at an old theme with its décor taking inspiration from the era of The Great Gatsby and the menu will feature new and unique items such as Panini and Bubble Tea.  With extended hours they should be able to serve the many college students as well as any late night business gatherings.  Café Rhema debuted its new brand on Monday, August 12.

The biggest new addition downtown comes in the form of the Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center which is located just across the street from the Back to the Bricks statues and between First and Kearsley Streets on Saginaw Street.  This new facility holds to the commitment Genesys has made to make quality health care more accessible and will bring more workers to the Downtown area.   The Downtown Flint Health Center will feature an urgent care clinic, a Pharmacy, an internal medicine clinic and a women’s health clinic.  The grand opening also debuted on August 12.

Even though Summer is on its way out there’s still a lot going on this year and it looks like the Fall might be able to keep the heat around a little longer than we expected.