Transmission from Mission Control

Original Artwork by Jenni Marion Manian

Fall has brought the fruits of some creative collaborations seeded earlier in the season. It’s always so inspiring to see what can be created when a group of individuals, with a variety of artistic talents, join forces. We had the honor of collaborating on a  bodaciously-styled photoshoot, which was recently featured on Wedding Day Magazine’s blog! Thanks so much to all the wonderful folks who teamed up to turn a passing idea into something really beautiful.

 Allen Kent Photography
Photo Credit: Allen Kent Photography

One last big thing–for some time now, we’ve been actively on the hunt for a home for a year-round brick and mortar operation. We are happy to announce  we have found a great fit and future home inside the State Street Marketplace!

We are very much looking forward to brewing coffee alongside our friends Waxwing Vintage, Wren the Butcher, Monkeyfist brewing, Crafted TC, Zaitun Cafe, and Franny’s F QueWith this new development, we have decided to wind down the truck for the 2017 season, (aside from the monthly brunch pop-ups) so we can hit the ground running with everything it takes to get our shop licensed equipped/stocked/ready to roll with a rad little set up.

 

 

Meet the “Examiner”

Through some accidental Googling, we recently stumbled across the original sales listing for our step van prior to the previous owner who we purchased it from. We are so pleased to introduce to you Planetary Coffee’s trusty steed, the Examiner 1. This cute little trooper made it clear across the country from the Golden State to end up here in our beloved home of Michigan, the Great Lakes State.

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Sadly, the original logo was no more by the time we bought her.

Before we got our paws on it, this rad little rover used to traverse the iconic hills of San Fran to distribute the city’s long-running newspaper, The San Francisco Examiner. A pioneer in the daily newspaper industry since it began its publication in the late 19th century, the Examiner was the flagship publication of the Hearst Corporation. While George Hearst originally acquired the publication, it was his son, the legendary William Randolph Hearst, who took over the Examiner in 1887 and quickly transformed the paper into “the Monarch of the Dailies.”

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This trusty step van’s days of orbiting the historic streets of San Francisco delivering the news of the day may have come to a close, but this peppy go-getter has gained a second career as Traverse City’s first ever specialty coffee truck. We are grateful to have been given a glimpse into the Examiner’s past, and eagerly await all the adventures the future has in store for us as we get ready to launch Planetary Coffee into orbit this summer!