The Blend coffee shop and bar is opening this month in St. Pete, and another location is on the way

But it'll be up against a lot of caffeinated competition.

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When it comes to caffeine, St. Petersburg is fully stocked with heavy hitters like Black Crow, Banyan and Bandit (which was named on Food & Wine’s list of ‘Best Coffee Shops in America’). 

Mother and daughter team, Stacha Madsen and Nichole McVicar, want to elbow their way into the coffee game by launching two shops, called ‘The Blend,’ within a three-month span in St. Pete. The first, set to make its debut this month on the ground floor of the 490 First building (right around the corner from Kraft Cafe downtown's location), and the second at 1211 Fourth St. N. in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood by January/February.

In an interview with the Times, Madsen explains she relocated from Seattle nearly two years ago, where she launched a coffeeshop (also named The Blend) that is self-sustaining, so the seasoned entrepreneur is no stranger to competition in foodie metropolitans.

“There’s so much competition and so much stuff that’s always coming along,” Madsen told the publication, “so there’s different things that I get to stay up on or that I’ve already experienced that I get to bring here.”

Like Bandit, The Blend will offer up espresso drinks, as well as a selection of wine, brews, kombucha and bites. Rather than aiming for a hipster hub, Blend is shooting for a relaxed, upscale setting; meaning lounge areas laced with rustic decor and a mural provided by St. Pete-based artist Leo Gomez. The 490 1st Ave. S. also plans on regularly hosting laid-back live music on the front patio. Murals and live music? The Blend is setting itself up to fit right into 'Burg culture.

Won’t be long until the first location at 490 1st Ave. S. makes its debut in the coming weeks. Upon opening, hours are set for 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

More details to come when the official opening date is announced.

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