A version of this article was published in the City of West Columbia June-July Newsletter – Here’s the link
BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee and Tea Co. is moving to 729 Meeting Street, in West Columbia.
The coffee shop is owned by Akera and Alexis Sellers. It opened in West Columbia’s River District at 725 Meeting St. in March of 2022. An artisan bread-maker has asked for zoning change in order to move into the building in which Brickhouse currently occupies.
BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee has thrived at that location.
“I thank our friends and the West Columbia community for your outpouring of support and love we’ve received since opening,” Akera said. “West Columbia is the best place we could have chosen to do business. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
West Columbia City Councilman Joseph Dickey was an early supporter of Akera.
“In 2019, Akera randomly dropped my office to talk to me about his coffee and tea company.,” Dickey said. “Totally unexpected, but he impressed me and of course I love coffee. I got him in contact with the Meeting Street Artisan Market and four years later we’re here.
I’m so happy for Akera and Alexis Wright-Sellers. BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co. is finally getting its permanent home in West Columbia.”
Akera’s love for West Columbia is why Brickhouse’s move is not far from the original site. It’s next door. “We’ll be easy to find,” Akera said, then he explained the move. “The new location will be a little smaller and more intimate. It’s the perfect size,” he said. “It’s a space we can customize and personalize.” In addition to a new location, there will be an expanded Brickhouse menu. It will be announced before the opening.
Construction on the new location will be going on throughout August, with an anticipated open date of September 2023. Akera said the process to remodel the new building has been orderly.
“The City of West Columbia has been so easy to work with,” Akera said. “Everyone has been so helpful.”
BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee is a product in high demand for connoisseurs. The coffee beans of Brickhouse are imported. They are hand-picked by farmers throughout the world, from Kilimanjaro in Africa to Oaxaca, Mexico. Blends, Single-Origins, Organic, and Flavored, with each option available in Whole Bean, French Pressed, Slow Drip, and Espresso grounds. Gourmet tea options include Herbal, Tisane, Flavored, and Loose Leaf.
In addition to their brick-and-mortar location, they are often vendors at the Meeting Street Artisan Market on Saturdays, from 11 AM – 3 PM. Photos of Akera, Zach, Alexis and Amiah of Brickhouse Coffee, former Primal Gourmet building, and Brickhouse’s new location below: