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Posted July 1, 2024 at 12:00 pm

The Bear's Den Coffee Lounge was opened in 2007, when the historic Grizz's Soda Shop was renovated after 83 years of service. A mainstay of Bear Corner since the building was built in 1924, Grizz's Soda Shop quickly became a popular hangout for young men. By the 1950's, its clientele became older and queerer, and the shop got its first makeover, replacing the counters with booths. One of these booths still sits in the corner of the Bea's Den Coffee Lounge today.