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Forza Where Lakewood Officers Were Shot To Become Blue Steele Coffee Co.

Under the new name, $1 from its Memorial whole bean coffee sales will go toward funding the maintenance of the Officers' Memorial.

The coffee shop where Lakewood experienced one of its darkest days, as well as where it finds some of its biggest inspiration for law enforcement, is changing names.

The Forza coffee shop on Steele Street east of Highway 512 will become Blue Steele Coffee Co.

The shop is where Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards were gunned down in .

Under Blue Steele Coffee Co., customers can contribute directly to help memorialize the fallen officers.

"We love and support our community," owners Courtney, Olly, and Dylan Marshall wrote in a press release today. "Some of our new community programs will be to take control over the Officer’s Memorial and ensure that the memorial flags are maintained, the flowerbeds are weeded, new flowers are planted, and beauty bark is laid down as needed.

"$1.00 from our Memorial whole bean coffee sales will go toward funding the maintenance of the Officers’ Memorial. We are establishing an annual scholarship program for a Washington High School student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or community service work. We will continue to support the Fallen Officers Families, local Law Enforcement and all first responders, schools, and churches."

Here is the full press release:

We are excited to announce that we are going independent from the Forza Coffee franchise system. We are taking this opportunity to do our own thing and be a little bit different from other coffee shops. Our Mission is to enhance the lives of our community by connecting with our customers and providing an unforgettable and inspiring experience. We take our time to ensure that each cup of coffee, tea, or tasty treat we offer will exceed your expectations.

Some of the newest improvements you will see is that we are now offering real house made Madagascar Vanilla syrup, house made Chai, loose leaf teas and real fruit smoothies.  We have collaborated with an exceptional roaster to offer our customers the highest quality of coffee available with direct farm partnerships; coffee with a conscience! Our roaster has direct relationships with our farmers to ensure that each farmer is given a fair price, provides training and equipment to ensure sustainability for the farm communities, and the resources to continue improving and offering exceptional coffee in the future. You as a customer can feel good about your purchase.

We love and support our community. Some of our new community programs will be to take control over the Officer’s Memorial and ensure that the memorial flags are maintained, the flowerbeds are weeded, new flowers are planted, and beauty bark is laid down as needed. $1.00 from our Memorial whole bean coffee sales will go toward funding the maintenance of the Officers’ Memorial.  We are establishing an annual scholarship program for a Washington High School student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or community service work. We will continue to support the Fallen Officers Families, local Law Enforcement and all first responders, schools, and churches.

We are grateful to be part of your daily lives and look forward to the exciting opportunity that lies ahead. Thank you for your continued support of this truly local, family-owned small business.

Cheers!

Courtney, Olly, and Dylan Marshall

 

BlueSteele Coffee Core Principles:

  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • Develop trust through open communication, honesty, and integrity.
  • To serve our community with passion and to help people.
  • Support local and go green whenever possible.
  • Commit to the highest quality standards and continue to learn and grow.
Brent Champaco June 01, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Blue Steele: appropriately awesome ...
Dane Ferrell June 01, 2012 at 04:37 PM
How about a memorial to the innocent people the police have shot,or murdered,I know we need police,but when they start being held accountable for their misconduct to include murder,civil rights violations etc,then maybe I will have some sympathy for them,so I have a hard time seeing police as heros of any kind.
Bwax4u June 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I think it's a remarkable thing to do to honor the Lakewood officers - they and their families deserve it - But I must question one thing - Had my car broke into yesterday, there were 2 vehicles that got broke into at 1:15pm - We both called the Lakewood Police Department - but NO LAKEWOOD POLICE would come out to the scene - We are only located a couple of blocks down the street from the Police Station - We get to file a report - ONLINE - wow - very very very disappointed with the Police Department..
Greg Rehms June 30, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Dane, this article really had nothing to do with what you've commented about. The Marshalls have done a superior job of helping the community grieve and express their memories of the fallen. This article is about community and coming together to serve each other. Perhaps, your time might be better spent creating the memorial, such as you suggested, than complaining about what needs to be done. If you feel as strong, as you've expressed in your comments, about police misconduct, then maybe find a citizen's board you can get involved in use your energy more contructively.
Greg Rehms June 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I would also suggest posting your comments about the Lakewood Police Department in a different context. The comments about the Police were not appropriate for this article.

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