Coffee Crawl offers samples from 7 local shops


Photo by Lindsey Eaton

Kara Toay

Over the last few months, many coffee shops have popped up around downtown. Students, faculty and community members will now have a chance to try them all at the Coffee Crawl on Saturday, April 21.

The event will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and is hosted by the NMU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) club. Participants will be able to enjoy 4 ounces of coffee from each of seven local coffee shops, including Babycakes Muffin Co., Cafe Allenatore, Contrast
Coffee Co., Cruise-N-Coffee, Dead River Coffee, Java Bay and Velodrome Coffee Company for $12.50, senior communications major and PRSSA President Heather Cook said.

“This is like a bar crawl, but with coffee,” Cook said.

Those participating in the crawl can pick up their passports—a punch card to get drinks—and water bottle at River Valley Bank on Third Street, Cook explained.

The group wanted to do the event, as they noticed a lot of coffee shops popping up around Marquette, said Mayah Tatay, a junior communications
major and member of the PRSSA club.

“It’s one of those things where we didn’t think students or community members have gotten to try them all, and we thought the event would be a great way to display all those different coffee shops,” Tatay said. “We thought being able to get the best of the best from each shop would be the best way to do a coffee related event.”

The club is hoping to make the event annual, depending on the success of this year, Cook said.

“It’s something we definitely want to keep doing in the future,” Cook said.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s Center, which helps victims of domestic and sexual violence. The price of the Coffee Crawl and the cost to spend a night at the Women’s Center Harbor House are both $12.50— a price with a purpose, Cook added.

“We wanted to be able to have the $12.50 as a pull through message, because April is Sexual Assault Awareness month,” Cook said.

To purchase tickets or for more info, go to or the event Facebook page.

Tickets are limited.