Summer is a GREAT time to put in all the schmuck work that goes into opening a new cafe. The long Home Depot days, the late paint fume nights, the quirky contractors, the hold-ups, the reclaimed lumber swap meets…it’s a joyful mess, and we love it. All summer long we’ll be featuring build-outs and sneak peaks for fab new cafes around the world.

Allie Caran, coffee enthusiast and noted Maryland slurp-about, has posted exclusive pics on Facebook of the buildout for her Artifact Coffee project in Hampden, Baltimore. Artifact is helmed by Spike Gjerde, the locavore-obsessed Maryland crab enthusiast behind Woodbury Kitchen. Though not yet open, Artifact has received some exciting pre-release buzz from local media, including the local folk’ll at Baltimore Magazine, who report that Artifact will be serving Counter Culture Coffee (same as Woodbury Kitchen) and is located in the Union Mill area of Hampden.

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