Thomas Hammer Coffee plans South Hill shop

After 26 years, the Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasting Co., is finally coming to the South Hill.

The coffee shop will be located in a planned 3,400-square-foot community center building to be built at 3173 S. Grand Blvd., which is at the northeast corner of 32nd Avenue and Grand Boulevard. The center will be located just south of the new Washington Trust Bank Manito branch that opened at the end of 2018. Washington Trust will construct and operate the building.

Thomas Hammer, who owns the Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasting Co., says a coffee shop located in a community center presents an ideal situation.

“Many shops, including some of ours, are a grab-and-dash where the coffee becomes just a necessity to the day,” Hammer says. “But the vision here is to create a space that is filled throughout the day where customers can relax, converse, meet, learn, and build friendships.”

Through the years, South Hill residents have frequently inquired as to when the company would put a shop on that side of town, Hammer says.

“By far the most email, requests, or comments we get are, ‘When are you coming the South Hill?’” he says. “We have looked for years but never found the right location with the right vibe, but this will be worth the wait. Since we made the South Hill wait this long we want to deliver a stellar experience in every aspect.”

“The vision for this store  is to become the most welcoming and sought after South Hill coffee house by delivering what we do best,” Hammer says.

Spokane-based Baker Construction & Development Inc., of Spokane, is the contractor on the $750,000 project, and Wolfe Architectural Group PS, also of Spokane, designed it. Seattle-based DCI Engineers, which has an office in Spokane, is providing engineering services for the community center and coffee shop project.