Posted by: Kath Usitalo | April 6, 2010

Another Indie Java Joint: Coffee Talk 505

Coffee Talk 505: We're Brewing Art

It involved years of planning, untold buckets of elbow grease, and gallons of research, but Amy Dalton and Dee Folkert took a Civil War era building in downtown Clare and created a cool coffee house with a mid-century vibe.

Amy, left, and Dee beneath a vintage photo of Amy's great-aunt, coffee cup in hand, at a coffee shop

Coffee Talk 505, on the main vein of the mid-Mitt city, is an unexpected gem that we had to check out based on the rave review from our friend Keith Jolly (who is soon to open his own cafe in Petoskey).

“We like to say ‘we’re brewing art’,” says Amy, who took a break from working on a piece of furniture when we popped in for lunch a couple of weeks ago.

The daughter of artist Roxie Dalton and sculptor Sonny Dalton of the Kalamazoo area is also an artist and displays a few of her paintings and other pieces throughout the space that once sold groceries and shoes; Dee’s family of retailers sold her the building at 505 McEwan in downtown Clare.

Bare brick walls, worn wood floors, a choice of table and lounge seating and art by local talent are the backdrop for Coffee Talk’s short but delish menu of sandwiches, sweets, and hot and cold drinks. We especially enjoyed the Michigan pizza (with dried cherries), and Paige would return for another berry smoothie.

1864 building turned modern coffee shop

While munching we scanned the space for hidden treasures that Amy tucked into niches in the walls, like the letters A-R-T pictured above. In one corner Amy and Dee display dozens of coffee to-go cups collected during their travels—evidence of the gallons of research mentioned earlier.

Sure, you could pull off the highway and into a fast food place for some caffeine and quick calories.

But what’s the joy of a road trip if you can’t make a detour and enjoy a discovery like Coffee Talk 505?

No website but you can find the hours, location and coupons on the Coffee Talk 505 Facebook page.

Double your pleasure: While in Clare stop at Cops & Doughnuts, just a few doors away from Coffee Talk 505.



  1. me and my best friend came in on may 6, 2010 and i want you all to know i had the most wonderful lunch and a great time thank you so much for sharring about your place with us. thank you also for letting us sample you chocolat fabicino

    • I’ll have to try the chocolat fabicino next time I’m there…it is a very cool joint.

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