|Building 50, which houses Cuppa Joe and many other businesses and residences, is the most well known building at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.|
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is an ancient and sprawling complex. It has an intensely industrial feel about it, as it should, it is the former Traverse City State Hospital after all. That's hospital for insane folks, not hospital for sick ones, FYI.
One of my very good friends became a very good friend byway of this place. Before renovations began in earnest on all of the many buildings making up this campus, it was a creepy, derelict old beast that dominated a picturesque chunk of land. Needless to say, it was fun to walk around in. Granted, that wasn't entirely encouraged, but folks did it anyway. This slightly illicit activity is how my friend and I came to be.
Nowadays, you'll find an actual, vibrant community within the many walls of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons you'll find multiple shops, activities, food marts and eateries. One could easily spend a leisurely afternoon and evening perusing the many offerings of this place, especially on a warm summer's night when the lawn in front of Building 50 is full of revelers or relaxers partaking in one of the many festivals or events that take place there.
|Yoga on one side, coffee on the other.|
One of the many oft missed gems hidden within the vast expanse of this amazing complex is Cuppa Joe, a coffeed up destination beloved by locals and savvy visitors alike (like the ones who read this blog, for example).
|Traverse City's Cuppa Joe is a much loved coffee destination. But don't forget the food!|
But Cuppa Joe is much more than just a coffee joint, it's an entire dining solution!
What in the world does that mean? Basically, it means that it's a full service breakfast and lunch joint. Lovely!
|A surprisingly modern motif greets Cuppa Joe patrons after entering the century (and more) old Building 50.|
|Scenes from Building 50's past decorate the walls at Cuppa Joe in Traverse City.|
|Cuppa Joe. In this case, it means "good food" too!|
|Don't miss out on a wander around the Mercado after you dine at Cuppa Joe.|
|The hallways go on forever in Building 50, with a pleasant surprise around every corner.|
|And don't miss out on a wander around the grounds. Some of the buildings have yet to be renovated. Great picture taking opportunities abound at Traverse City's old State Hospital.|