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DECATUR — A new “pop-up” coffee shop will open in downtown Decatur for one week starting Monday, a test run spearheaded by four Millikin University business students.

Blue Brew will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7, in the Hickory Point Bank building at 225 N. Water St. Customers can enter through the north side from the parking lot off William Street; there will be signage.

“We need all the help we can get from the local community,” said Jesse Sargeant, one of the students. Others are Carson Jones, Martel McGee and Aric Hopp.

The shop will offer brewed and pour-over coffee, which could include flavor shots; iced tea; muffins; and bottled water. All the products come from local vendors, Sargeant said.

Karla Miller, director of marketing for Hickory Point, said the bank offered use of the space and hopes to develop future opportunities for mentoring with Millikin students.

Excitement is building. “There's a buzz going around the building today,” she said.

Millikin’s Center for Entrepreneurship covered the startup cost, said director Julie Shields, with the idea that the students would repay the money from the proceeds.

If the shop is a success, she said, it could lead to a more permanent student-run venture or could encourage an entrepreneur to pursue the idea. “Either way is a success in mind,” she said.

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