Fortress Cafe - Locally Roasted and Fueling Community

I have worked downtown for over 10 years and I drink coffee all day, everyday. I like to have options when it comes to my coffee and I am ecstatic because this December Fortress Cafe will open inside of Lean Rocket Lab, a business accelerator co-working space opening at 133 W. Michigan Ave.


Fortress Cafe is the first brick and mortar location for the husband and wife team, Thomas and Margaret Hess; owners of Fortress Coffee Co. The cafe will be ran by Duncan Bone, who was approached by Brandon Marken, founder of the Lean Rocket Lab.

There will be many businesses inside of the new co-working space, including my new business, Mevo Creative Studios, and having the cafe only a few steps from all of our offices will be great for the cafe and for those of us that need to stay caffeinated.

Bone is also a personal trainer so having healthy options is a must. The cafe will have breakfast and lunch options including grab-and-go health foods - like protein shakes, smoothies, breakfast bowls, baked oatmeal and chicken salad.

Everyone I’ve talked to in the community is beyond excited about the new cafe opening up downtown and I cannot wait to start drinking Fortress Coffee on a daily basis.


Fortress Coffee is freshly roasted, carefully crafted, small-batch coffee that is locally roasted and enjoyed all over the world. The small-batch roasting process allows Fortress to keep its coffee fresh all of the time. The Fortress Coffee business has been open for years, but the cafe is an entirely new concept and a very exciting and welcomed addition to the city of Jackson.


Written by Maury Page

Mevo Creative Studios

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