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Posted on: March 20, 2019

A Coffee and Ice Cream Shop Is Filling the Former Gayle’s Chocolates Building

Courtney and Auvenshine

A new coffee and ice cream shop is poised to open this summer in downtown Royal Oak. Milford-based roaster Proving Grounds Coffee confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the owners have leased the former Gayle’s Chocolates building at 417 South Washington Ave. in downtown Royal Oak.

The 34-year-old confectionery decamped for warmer climes in Arizona last May, leaving the storefront vacant. Now Proving Grounds owners James Courtney and Daman Auvenshine plan to expand their two-year-old cafe, roastery, and creamery to a second outpost this summer...

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