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Things are perking up on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion with the opening of coffee shop Narrow Way Cafe & Shop.

The cafe will host a grand opening party at 10 a.m. Friday. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 1500-square-foot cafe with free WiFi will serve Zingerman’s coffee, Avalon International Bread’s baked goods, plus smoothies, pastries and other snacks. The cafe, which was helped by a $45,000 Motor City Match grant, will serve breakfast and lunch.

“We are thrilled to be opening on the Avenue of Fashion, right next to Kuzzo’s (Chicken & Waffles),” said co-owner David Merritt in a press release. Merritt owns Narrow Way with his brother Jonathan Merritt, father Bishop Andrew Merritt and Sabrina Swain, who is also general manager.

“We want to be a totally stress-free space for the community to come to work, gather, socialize and relax.”

Narrow Way, 19331 Livernois just north of Seven Mile in Detroit, will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Starting Monday, regular hours will be 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Call (313) 397-7727.

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