Englewood coffee shops shine with remodeled spaces

Mango Tree, Nixon’s welcome caffeine crowd

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After months of anticipation, Englewood now has more options than it did at the beginning of the year for anyone seeking quality caffeine, tasty treats and hip hangouts.

Newcomer Mango Tree Coffee and veteran Nixon’s Coffee each welcomed the public to their beautifully remodeled spaces in July.

“We’ve had so many people just stop in when we were doing construction and say how excited they are that we’re opening,” Marc Corona, general manager of Mango Tree Coffee, said in an interview.

Corona and other members of the team that started the shop did a lot of the construction themselves — outside of the 9-to-5 jobs they hold for MANNA Worldwide, the nonprofit that owns Mango Tree.

They found the location at Broadway and Hampden a couple of years ago and didn’t mind the building’s “dilapidated state” because it was in an up-and-coming area, full of other new businesses doing renovations.

“We could come in and do the work,” Corona said. “And we were getting a great location with that.”

Meanwhile, Brad Nixon was approaching a decade of serving jitter juice in CityCenter when a ruptured 4-inch sprinkler pipe closed the Englewood location of Nixon’s Coffee in December 2020.

“That was kind of the kickoff to what we felt like we were going to do anyway — remodel the place,” said Nixon, who owns Nixon’s Coffee with his wife, Caren.

The work took longer than Nixon had hoped due to a shortage of laborers and a “calamity of things” he was uninterested in dwelling on. “That’s behind us,” he said.

He’d rather talk about his love for Englewood, “a small town in a big city,” and the cross section of people that he sees come through the shop.

“We try to create an environment where people like to come and stay with us for a while,” he said. “We love to see that cross pollination of thoughts, ideas, lifestyles, culture.”

The coffeehouse, with its streamlined bar and large windows, offers grab-and-go food like sandwiches and salads from Share Good Food. Nixon’s is also a kombucha taphouse and serves up eight to 10 local brews every day.

But beyond satiating Englewood’s thirst and hunger, Nixon said he and his employees know they have the opportunity to change the trajectory of each customer’s day.

“So, number one core value here for us is loving everybody that comes through the door,” he said.

Like Nixon, Corona said Mango Tree Coffee wants patrons to leave “feeling more valued than when they came in.”

And that devotion to people extends beyond its customers. Mango Tree Coffee, with its red-brick walls and exposed ductwork, was born out of a love for children that paired up with a love for coffee.

The shop is part of MANNA Worldwide, which has about 200 projects in 45 countries working to rescue kids from poverty, Corona said. Everything from nutrition programs to orphanages, medical clinics and schools.

Mango Tree’s profits help fund those endeavors.

“When you partner your passions together, that ends up being more successful because you enjoy doing it,” Corona said. “I think people are attracted to passion.”

Nixon’s Coffee is located at 871 Englewood Parkway and is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Mango Tree Coffee is located at 3498 S. Broadway. It’s open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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