Commonwealth Joe Unveils Fresh Coffee Shop in Pentagon City, Aims to Improve Local Coffee Culture

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Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters (, the independent coffee company that quietly operates the Java Shack in North Arlington, will launch a second location in Pentagon City this summer. Their goal: to elevate the coffee scene in the DC metro.

The new coffee shop, which will be Commonwealth Joe’s new flagship location, is designed to dazzle and harmonize with the changes happening in Pentagon City. Leaders of the company say that the area’s rapid growth in young professionals, tech companies, and millennial-focused amenities means that the big chain coffee shops geared toward busy commuters and office-dwellers are no longer going to cut it.

“Arlington deserves great local coffee. Commonwealth Joe will share a passion for fresh roasted specialty coffee and create the same sense of community in Pentagon City that Java Shack has instilled in the Courthouse neighborhood of North Arlington for the past 20 years,” co-founder and CEO Robert Peck explained. "We are living in an experience economy, where people desire more than just goods—they are thirsty for meaningful and memorable experiences. We aspire to provide more than just a great cup of coffee at an affordable price; we aim to deliver powerful experiences built around that cup of coffee, and also to provide an environment that makes you feel at home and gives you a sense of place—somewhere where you want to bring your friends and family and can also have chance encounters with others in the community.”

This vision for the fresh coffee shop concept is one shared by Commonwealth Joe and Vornado Realty Trust, which owns the Bartlett, the luxury apartment building where Commonwealth Joe will open shop this summer along with a new Whole Foods Market. After poring over the design plans submitted by CORE, a leading architecture and interior design firm based in Georgetown, the team at Commonwealth Joe is thrilled with the final designs and material selection. Although they are not revealing many details just yet, they say that the new space will be the first of its kind in the entire DC metro area, and will offer some exciting amenities for Bartlett residents and customers, including coffee cuppings and brewing classes.

The new retail location is big news for Commonwealth Joe, which has been quietly building a reputation in North Arlington for outstanding single-origin coffees, pour-overs, cutting-edge nitro cold brew coffee, and friendly baristas. “These elements will be a critical part of the new store’s identity,” Peck said, “because our central mission at Commonwealth Joe is to make specialty coffee approachable.” But, he added, the Pentagon City store is also going to be something “charming, innovative, and unlike any other coffee shop you’ve seen.” “Most of all, we want our new location to surprise and delight you with the best cup of coffee and hospitality you’ve had in years.”

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