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Rough Pony is Hot to Trot

Former Rose & Fern Café owner Becky Tranchell has opened Rough Pony, a new coffee and juice bar at 144 Hall Street, in Traverse City. It features fresh juice, good coffee from Stockist Coffee Co., smoothies, teas from Bear Earth Herbals, books and zines from Wild Pages, fresh bagels from Bubbie’s, house-made sodas and more. Juices and smoothies use fresh vegetables from Lakeview Hill Farm and fruit from Michigan Farm to Freezer. The dairy comes from Guernsey Farms and chocolate from Grocer’s Daughter.

            Tranchell explains that Rough Pony employs some of the same staff and vendors as Rose and Fern. Allie Stephens, who has extensive wine and cocktail knowledge, will be making “really interesting syrups for fancy house sodas with herbs and garnishes” as a creative, non-alcoholic alternative to bar drinks. She wants to create a community space where people can hang out and chill, but Rough Pony won’t serve food.

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