Ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 1 at Wired Cafe

From press release

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m., Sept. 1, at Wired Café, 414 E. State St. The specialty coffee shop and café opened July 12 in Rockford’s downtown River District.

City of Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I), Rockford Chamber of Commerce and River District Association officials will be in attendance and will join owner Crystal Douglas in making comments. Refreshments will be served.

Douglas has a passion for coffee and has had a long-time dream of running a family-owned coffeehouse with her daughters Shanna and Maggie. Douglas attended the Midwest Barista School in Holland, Mich., where she learned the art and skill of making coffee and running a coffee business.

Shanna and Maggie bring their experience and expertise from working and managing coffee shops and cafés to the business, as well. They have contributed to creating the menu, cooking, serving, washing dishes, making coffee and everything else needed to run the business.

Douglas’s son, Ryan, has also been working at the café this summer and will return to school soon to start his senior year of high school and busy sports schedule. Husband Robert is busy on the family’s organic dairy farm, but is a strong supporter and sounding board for the café.

Crystal said when she saw the location at 414 E. State St. she knew that was the place for her.

She liked the small-town feel with the close proximity of the buildings and neighborly feel of the area. She loves the historic character of the building, too.

Wired Café specializes in coffees, teas, smoothies and desserts. Wired also serves breakfast, lunch, homemade bakery items and offers free Wi-Fi. Watch for daily specials. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Hours may change for the fall/winter season.

From the Aug. 25-31, 2010 issue

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