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When Rabble Coffee closed last summer, the east side lost a community hub — a spot for various classes, coat drives and early morning gatherings for teachers at nearby schools.

When it returned earlier this month, the shop at 2119 E. 10th St. did so with an expanded mission.

New owners Jessica and Mitchell Tellstrom reopened the St. Clair Place shop Nov. 5 with a focus on supporting women-owned businesses.

Rabble Coffee recently reopened. (Photo: Cheryl V. Jackson)

Pot pies from Mrs. Murray’s Naturals and 317 Juicery cold-pressed juices still have a place at the shop. But now Chef Jordan Justice’s rotating lineup of baked goods, including spinach, sun-dried tomato and feta scones;  apple chai muffins; vegan coffee cake and salted chocolate chunk cookies, are served alongside the $4 lattes crafted by Mitchell.

Jessica Tellstrom came up with the idea to stock the shop with products from women-owned businesses; and Mitchell was immediately on board.

“Women-owned and partially women-owned businesses are underrepresented, and a lot about this space is about letting people showcase their talents and that’s what we want to do,” said Mitchell, who grew up in Greenwood. “If  there’s a fantastic product and it’s female-owned, we’d like to let their voice be heard.”

“The food community and certainly the coffee community has a tendency to be a boys club.”

Mitchell, who had managed the coffee program at Gallery Pastry Bar in the Wholesale District before buying Rabble, has been in the club for about 20 years, including a year and a half at Open Society in Broad Ripple before heading to Austin, Texas, where he managed a cafe until an acquaintance connected him with a coffee roaster seeking an assistant. He roasted at Barrett’s Coffee for about eight years, then moved to California to help start another roaster.

In 2015, he moved to Indianapolis with the goal of starting a coffee shop here. But the downtown area he eyed was teeming with shops, so Mitchell took a job as a barista at Milktooth. That’s where he met Jessica.

They married in May 2016 and are now raising two children, 8-year-old son Olin and 3-year-old daughter Evelyn.

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They live about four blocks away from Rabble and had been frequent customers.

“All the stars kind of aligned. The price was a good price point, It was feasible. And coffee can be a predominantly to-go business anyway,” Jessica Tellstrom said. “He knows that I am not a risk-taker.  If we were ever going to try and do something it would be now.”

The community played a major role in getting the operation back up and running. 

Having to come up with $20,000 to buy the place, they got a loan from his father. A neighbor invested another $10,000 and others — mostly people from the