Kingdom Coffee Plans a Third Location in Midtown Springfield

Kingdom Coffee is planning to open a third coffee shop in late 2024 in the former Boyd Elementary School library.

by Tessa Cooper

Apr 11 2024 at 10 a.m.

Kingdom Coffee mug
Photo by Tessa CooperKingdom Coffee's third location is set to open in late 2024.

Throughout the past decade, Kingdom Coffee has become a name synonymous with local Springfield coffee, thanks to the success of its downtown and Lone Pine locations. Now, the business is expanding its reach even further by adding a third spot to its roster, located in the former Boyd Elementary School library in Springfield’s Midtown National Register District. This Northside neighborhood is the cityʼs largest remaining concentration of historic residential architecture, according to the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.

The new location will span 2,100 square feet and will include ground floor, loft and outdoor seating, plus a robust, expanded food and beverage menu.

Co-owners Chris McGuire, Isaac Neale, Jason Strother and Nathan Boaldin are looking forward to re-establishing roots in North Springfield. Neale and McGuire are Northside residents themselves, and Kingdom Coffee originally opened as The Hub Coffee & Bicycles in 2009 on the edge of the Midtown neighborhood before rebranding and relocating to its current downtown location.

"Part of the charm and success of our Lone Pine location is the Brentwood and Southern Hills neighborhoods are really attached to it," Strother says. "People who live over there view it as their space and shop, which is a fun thing. With our new opportunity to be in the Midtown Neighborhood, we want to provide something that belongs to that neighborhood. This is a rare opportunity to be not just close to the neighborhood but actually in the neighborhood." Due to the proximity to Drury University and Evangel University, they are also hoping to be a meeting place for local students.

Upon entering, guests who've attended a Springfield Public Schools elementary may feel a sense of nostalgia, because many of the school libraries feature the same blueprint. The interior plans are still being finalized. "We want it to be a truly beautiful and remarkable space that plays off the prior library," McGuire says.

The new location has a target opening date of late 2024 and will be attached to the former Boyd Elementary School located at 1409 N. Washington Ave. Arkifex Studios and Boyd School Redevelopment Corporation are currently repurposing the historic building into 17 market-rate apartments. These units will be available for pre-leasing starting April 12 on