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Businesswoman plans to open cafe on Factory Street

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Erica Turck has more changes brewing for her yoga studio-turned-juice bar-turned cafe.

Recently, Turck purchased a commercial building at 507 Factory St., plans to renovate the building and move her cafe there with more changes in store for her business.

She’s expanding her cafe — now featuring an array of healthy options and coffees on her menu — into a restaurant with a limited evening menu and a full bar when she moves to Factory Street.

“It’s still in the early planning stages,” she said Monday.

About two years ago, she opened the Atman cafe in 2,500 square feet of space on the ground floor of a Newell Street apartment building, where she offers healthy juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, homemade granola and other healthy options.

Since opening on Newell Street, she’s refocused the business from a juice bar to offering espresso based drinks and pour over and regular drip coffee.

The business was renamed North Country Grounds Cafe and Resto to reflect that change.

And she’s now working on getting her coffee roaster certification through the Specialty Coffee Association, the nation’s largest national coffee schools. She will then make her own brand of coffee products.

In recent months, Turck started talking to the Watertown Local Development Corp., Watertown Savings Bank and the Development Authority of the North Country to obtain financing to help with her plans, she said.

She hopes to develop an addition at the back of the building and create a patio, where she can teach yoga classes.

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