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The Basics

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Waste Free Feature

Waste – Free

We are committed!

Local Art!

We support local art (shouts and cheers)!
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Good Eats

We're so happy and proud to be working with GR Bagel for fresh pastries made right here in GR from scratch and by hand!

Populace Coffee

We are so proud to serve Populace Coffee! Check them out here.

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We are an ArtPrize venue this year. Check out our artists here.
Who are we?

Our Story

What we do   

     Lantern is committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients from responsible and sustainable suppliers, and bringing great specialty coffee to anyone in Grand Rapids. We have created a warm, welcoming space with a wide variety of places to study or have a meeting. Our space is complemented by local art, and you can often hear live music on the weekends. Whether you spend a couple hours here, or have to get your coffee and run, we’re committed to giving you a great experience.


     Steve Wiltjer has been a part of the independent, local coffee world in West Michigan since 2006. During this time, coffee has become his hobby, passion and art. Steve has practiced and perfected his personal coffee skills, enjoying the labor of every cup of coffee he’s created. He’s become a certified Barista with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a member of the Barista Guild of America and has been certified as a trainer through the SCAA. For Steve, becoming a business owner in this great city and walking this coffee journey have now combined, in Lantern. Coffee has become not only a hobby but also a doorway into the hearts and souls of the people of Grand Rapids.
      Married in 2010, Steve and his wife, Rachel Bush, are invested Grand Rapids residents. Rachel has lived downtown for 13 years now, and Steve for about 7. For better or worse, they’ve committed to this city and have no plans to call elsewhere home. They are dedicated to becoming continuously more invested in the health and happiness of Grand Rapids; the city and the people. Steve has a specific love for the Heartside neighborhood through various past ventures. He’s thrilled that this is a place he can build a business and find another place to call home.
     When Ninth Bridge Market closed in the summer of 2012, Steve and brother-in-law Kevin Wallace decided to join forces, in hopes that one day Steve’s longstanding dream of a coffee shop downtown Grand Rapids would be a possibility. An opportunity to open the business at 100 Commerce came up. In a whirlwind of only a few months of buildout and set-up, Lantern has proudly found a home at Commerce and Oakes.
  “Lantern exists, not only to provide great, intentional coffee to GR, but also to be a hospitable place for ALL to gather. We desperately value belonging, community and  diversity. And we recognize the deep needs for all three in our current lives and culture. We  hope that our business and space can provide a place for many, many people to gather and  belong.”



Phone: (616) 920-0209 | Email: info@lanterncoffee.com

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