After several months of renovations, we know have a better plan of what will become of the building previously was used as Teas & Javas, People’s Cafe and People’s Credit Union.

Local Mercantile Newport Café, or Local Mercantile Cafe, will soon open at 282 Thames Street and is  “thoughtfully crafted dishes made by talented people”, according to a sign placed in the window over the last few days.

Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder and CEO of Alex & Ani, purchased the property that she was renting and using for Teas & Javas back in November of 2015 for $2.9 million.

A request for comment on an opening date and for more information on Local Mercantile Cafe was not immediately responded to.

After a small fire and before the purchase of the property, Teas and Javas has been closed since Monday, October 21st.

Teas and Javas opened in Newport, the companies third location in Rhode Island, in the spring of 2013. Since then their location at Chapel Terrace in Cranston has closed, Teas and Javas in Wayland Square in Providence is open and on July 5th celebrated its fourth anniversary.

Besides Alex & Ani and Teas & Javas, Carolyn also owns Sakonnet Vineyards and Beclourt Castle.

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