Thursday, April 21, 2011


Please note, this Grinder event will only feature the live art portion of the show. We are working on a new table event, should have details on that in a few weeks.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

GRINDER will be doing live art April 27th!

The Grinder artists will be doing live art on April 27th, 2011 for the grand opening at Americas Coffee House! Here are the details:

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(Lafayette, LA) – What do you give a coffee house with everything? A grand opening celebration, downtown Lafayette-style.

Americas Coffee House, downtown Lafayette’s only full-service coffee house, is opening its doors for a grand opening celebration on April 27.

The event will feature free appetizers, music and live art by GRINDER, a cup art contest with prizes and other surprises. The evening also features gallery artwork by Cootie Von Ghoul and Floyd Willis.

The free event will officially welcome Americas and its owner, Floyd Willis, to the downtown business scene, and it will give the rest of Acadiana the chance to discover what Americas’ fans already know.

In the short time since opening last year, Americas has quickly become a hub for many in Lafayette’s creative community. Filmmakers, comic book creators, playwrights, photographers, visual artists and poets have all claimed Americas as a place to connect, invent and network.

"Americas is the kind of place creative people enjoy," says comic book creator Kody Chamberlain. "It's not unusual to walk in and find artists, writers and designers hard at work on new, exciting projects. It's a all very inspiring."

Much of that is due to the environment created by owner Floyd Willis, himself an avid photographer whose photos adorn the walls of Americas.

"Floyd has created something unique at Americas Coffee House - that perfect combination of modern cool and old fashioned community," says Aileen Bennett. "He serves coffee, yes, but Americas is also a meeting place, a place where ideas are hatched and a place where we leave parcels and messages for each other. Americas connects us."

"I want Americas to feel like It's your place," says Americas owner Floyd Willis. "Come in, relax, and explore your mind."

As downtown’s only full-service coffee house, Americas not only plays an important role in the lives of Lafayette’s creative class, but it also adds a distinctive and necessary presence to downtown Lafayette’s thriving business community. Americas is constantly growing, and this grand opening event is a great way for Acadiana locals to see what’s been brewing there since the doors first opened.

"In the future we plan on having a poetry & acoustic night," says Willis.

The Americas Coffee House grand opening event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. on Aril 27. (And don’t worry. Dedicated Festival International fans can check out the grand opening and still make it to Scene International for the festival’s opening ceremonies.) The event is free.

Americas Coffee House serving coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, hot chocolate, teas, shakes, smoothies, lemonade, fresh fruit, and pastries. Americas also offers a selection of flavored shots and soy milk. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Americas is located at 403-B Buchanan Street. For more information about the grand opening event or Americas Coffee House, call (337) 456-4806.