A pair of graphic designers have opened a juice bar and cafe specifically for creative types to mingle and be inspired.
Friends and colleagues Juan Vergara and Edward Padilla have opened Helvetica Juice Bar and Café in Lakewood, Cleveland - which offers authentic Latin American juices and cuisine - and the pair hope that the space will become a gathering place for the area’s graphic designers and creatives.
The café, named after the evergreen font, is not the first venture of this type from Vergara, who also co-owns Barroco Grill, a Columbian restaurant on Madison Avenue in Lakewood, with his father Carlos.
Vergara and Padilla are both artists and graphic designers themselves, so they designed the place as a hangout for creative types. There's even a library of graphic design books in the café, and part of the walls has a decorative piece made of wood left over from the shopfitting.
The font-loving foodies became friends doing wedding photography, branding, and marketing, and had always talked about having a place to meet and get inspiration.
Helvetica opened last week and is located at 11823 Detroit Avenue, appropriately across from Virginia Marti College of Art and Design.