Global Coffee Opens in The Basement Downtown

by Mike Van Houten / Jan 13, 2016

Global Coffee has opened in the Basement, a collection of small locally owned micro-businesses hidden beneath the former U.S. Post Office building in downtown Reno, located at 50 South Virginia Street. 

It's the latest among nearly a dozen businesses that are open or planning to open soon. With the Virginia Street Bridge set to open in a few months, and a major furniture retailer signing a letter of intent for the first floor of the majestic historic building, this could be the perfect retail Mecca that downtown residents have been asking for, and a draw for tourists. 

Already open in the Basement is the beautifully designed Rawbry raw juice bar and retail store, Sugar Love candy shop, Beautifully Bearded Man barber shop which is getting rave reviews on Yelp, and a cute florist shop that can do custom arrangements, wire service and deliveries. Also calling the Basement home soon will be Kalifornia Jean Bar, Tahoe Nevada Love, Apothecary, Pantry Products and the New Deal. I also heard a salad concept will be going in called Chomp. 

There's a large communal sitting/dining area anchoring the juice bar and coffee house together. 

Rounding out the wide variety of businesses will be a sunken lecture hall. 

Check out some photos below! 


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  • January 13, 2016 - 1:13:28 PM

    who would want to go into a dungeon to drink coffee? would have been nicer to sit on those decks and have a coffee. this whole concept of shops in a basement is a loser. one year before most are defunct. a furniture store in downtown reno. JUST what we need! really?

  • January 13, 2016 - 4:09:46 PM

    It did not feel dungeon-like at all. The quality of the businesses there will drive their success. Not whether they are located in a basement or not. The businesses already open there are off to a good start, with great reviews on Yelp and Facebook. Do you think every business needs a window to survive? if that was the case most enclosed malls in this country would already be closed.

  • January 14, 2016 - 6:51:00 AM

    I have yet to check this place out, and I think bob's hesitation comes from one of Reno's great selling points, and that's the Sun 320 days out of the year, it's what makes outdoor dining here (with shade) quite wonderful. But I'm with you, there are places that will be able to exist without it as the selling point, hopefully this one of them.

  • January 14, 2016 - 9:36:02 AM

    Future patrons will have to walk down a few stairs to get a delicious coffee or juice and then walk back up those stairs to enjoy the glorious outdoor riverfront commons? OH THE HORROR. Bob, you sound lazy.

  • January 14, 2016 - 4:39:22 PM

    oh yes, malls are so popular! too high of rent for these businesses to sustain themselves. go bernie! how about feedback about a furniture store downtown??

  • January 14, 2016 - 4:51:22 PM

    I have heard it described more as a home decor store with some home furnishings. I think it depends on what brand name it is. Many brand names have followers. I mean, look at Ikea, there are people who worship that store. In my case, I love Z-Gallery, Restoration Hardware, and the like. If what goes in there is a MAJOR furniture retailer that would instantly attract a following, then I think it will do well. Henriksen/Butler is an office furniture showroom at 211 W 1st St Suite #201, above Our Bar, with even less convenient parking than the Post Office, and it's the type of brand that a person seeking high end office furniture, would travel downtown to see, regardless of the location of the showroom. If the brand that may be going in the post office is similar, say a pottery barn, which some of my friends swear by, then it will do fine. So, I would say as feedback, that the brand will dictate the popularity of the store, not the location.

  • January 15, 2016 - 6:34:14 AM

    Love your enthusiasm of reno, BUT nobody seeking high end anything visits or buys anything in downtown Reno. Have you read what people say about downtown Reno?

  • January 15, 2016 - 7:43:37 AM

    Well, Bob... You are a real negative nancy aren't you? I for one am excited about any growth and development of any local small business that supports our community. Everybody benefits from a few fresh ideas and out of the box concepts. I'm totally down for an underground coffee shop, or even a furniture store for that matter. Perhaps you should be pining for their success since you live here too, rather than planting your grumpy little doubt seeds everywhere. Enjoy your day Bob, I honestly hope someone is kind to you if you ever endeavor to take chance on something new. Cant wait to check these places out! Great job guys!

  • January 15, 2016 - 4:12:18 PM

    I always wondered what the original West Street Market would have looked like in a windowless basement. Thanks, Bernie & Tim!

  • January 16, 2016 - 11:29:29 AM

    Actually Sara Lee, most of the venues I saw had windows. Am guessing you haven't checked it out in person yet?

  • January 16, 2016 - 12:15:21 PM

    Never knew about this . If it wasn't for this website I would never find any of these hidden gems. I think RGJ can take a few lessons.

  • January 16, 2016 - 12:19:59 PM

    It was kind of meant as a joke, but ... no! I haven't seen it in person because I didn't realize there was anything in the building. Bernie & Tim Co. must have stopped paying their social media company back in July as there used to be constant posts in my Facebook feed, but all has gone silent since July 31st. If I was paying rent to those guys I'd be a little miffed they haven't posted ANYTHING on the official site or social media outlets for the space. Right?