I was dropping my car off at the Toyota dealership on Broadway the other day and as I passed by Oakland Tech I looked across the street and I noticed that the W.C. Morse building was not only looking clean and beautifully renovated but it was filled with people. I made a mental note to check it out on the way back – I’ve always loved that building and to see filled with light and people warmed my heart. As I drove home from the dealership, I noticed a tiny blue bottle on the door of the entrance. And it clicked — what a perfect spot for a Blue Bottle Coffee Shop. I did some research and here is what I found out both about the building itself and the opening of Blue Bottle in Oakland.
* Built in 1920 this beautiful building used to house a auto showroom. The dealership went out of business in the 40’s and since then has been used for a variety of reasons — one of which was a frozen food delivery franchise.
* It is a historic building with amazing 20 ft ceilings and almost floor to ceiling windows that bring in a tremendous amount of light. Blue Bottle moved into the space on February 6th, 2014. For more info on the Blue Bottle Coffee and their opening in Oakland, check this out.