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The Electric Brew is a popular independent coffee shop in Elkhart County. It's one of a few places you can check out for Indie Coffee Shop Day. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Here's how you can celebrate Indie Coffee Shop Day on Friday
Posted on April 15, 2014 at 5:46 p.m.

Coffee lovers, here's a holiday you can celebrate – Friday, April 18, is Indie Coffee Shop Day, a day made to celebrate independent coffee houses and support the local economy.

The holiday was started by Erik Deckers, an Indianapolis man who loves independent coffee shops. He thought it would be a good idea to launch Indie Coffee Shop Day the day before Record Store Day, another celebration he believes in.

"The record store philosophy and the indie coffee shop philosophy closely align," Deckers wrote on his blog. "Support local business, find new experiences and learn something new."

If you want to celebrate, all you have to do is head to an independent coffee shop - in other words, not Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts - and order something to drink.

Here's a list of local coffee shops in Elkhart County:

The Living Room Coffee House

Location: 1610 S. Nappanee St., Elkhart

Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

What are they offering?: Coffee and baked goods, including Rise n Roll cinnamon sugar donuts. There are sometimes live performances  on Friday nights.

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

"I love love love this groovy place! Cozy and warm environment! Coffees are unique, baked goods are fresh and scrumptious always and wraps and soups for lunch are made fresh to order! Can you tell I'm a 'regular'? You won't be disappointed!" - Lisa R., Granger

"I LOVE this place! I try to stop in whenever I'm in Elkhart. They have amazing cinnamon sugar rise n roll donuts, "Amish crack", that are soft and flaky but still cakey. The BEST donuts ever! I don't know who they get their coffee from, but as an Oregonian and former Vermonter, I can definitely say they have fantastic coffee!" - Amanda L., Rhododendron, Ore.

"Great coffee, atmosphere, and even live music time to time. The baked goods are awesome. They also serve Rise N Roll donuts (Amish Crack). Love the place."  - Kyle J., Osceola


The Electric Brew

Location: 118 E. Washington St., Goshen

Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

What are they offering? Coffee, teas, baked goods and a daily lunch menu.

What are people saying about them on Yelp and Urbanspoon?

"Always lived in Goshen, never been inside the brew

But thank my lucky stars I entered and had a cup and a small pastry.

I can honestly say it's delicious; and so cozy and I adore the environment, so calm and relaxing.

If you are ever in Goshen downtown, you must enter the brew." - Thalia C., Goshen

"Very cute/ cozy little place. Had a two hour informal interview outside with their iced chai. Highly recommend for a relaxing time" - Jessica Null, South Bend


The Daily Grind

Location: 113 E. Lexington Ave., Elkhart

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

What are they offering? Coffee, French and Italian sodas, baked goods, lunch specials and an everyday lunch menu.

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

"I love this place, and if you haven't been here you should check it out. I love the staff, It's a like everyone knows everyone type of relationship there. I was a teen in the 90's and there were cafes like Lulas, and higher grounds in SB that had that small neighborhood hangout feeling. Now most cafes have a commercial feeling. This cafe has that 90's cafe feeling, like on

I love the food, soups are awesome. I love their drink recipes, they're the only ones who have cheesecake coffee drinks." - Christine S., Elkhart

"The Grind is my favorite thing about Elkhart. I live in Chicago now, and it's taken me all seven years to find one or two coffee shops that I love almost as much.

I could list the reasons for my affection, but as most are extremely subjective/nostalgic, I'll just leave you with my #1 reason: Greenblock Godzillas. It's not at all unusual for me to have, say, six over the course of a two-day visit." - Ana A., Chicago

"The Grind is a cool little local coffee shop. Why people throw their money away at Starbucks when this little gem is right in downtown Elkhart is a mystery to me. The food is pretty good, too." - Zack S., Elkhart