Ariane Wolfe

Owner

My full name is Ariane, but everyone calls me Ari. I grew up in Nebraska, went to school in Wyoming, and am so happy now to live in Colorado! I worked for Celestial Seasonings for 8 years managing their coffee and tea bars on the CU campus. When Celestial decided to no longer continue running on campus, they kindly offered me the opportunity to take over the cafes. I was thrilled! Thus, Gravity cafe was born!

 

The last 10 years of my life have been an incredible journey. Getting married, to my wonderful husband Alex, and starting this business. The greatest journey I think everyone confronts in their life is one of self discovery, which are times of transition fuel.


And in these unprecedented times, the quote that rings in my head is from Ted Chiang’s The Alchemist Gate, “If our lives our tales Allah tells. Then we are the audience as well as the players, and it is by living these tales that we receive the lessons.”

Lauren Holm

General Manager

I started working as a barista for these cafes while I was in the ENVD program for undergrad. After 5 years out in the real world, I came back to CU for grad school.

 

I love this job! Its the perfect combination of personalized leadership, customer service/community building, with the occasional pink tutu thrown in. 

Adrianna Van Hansen

Assistant Manager

I have always enjoyed cafe’s and their ability to create communities for people. So it was a pleasure to began working for Lauren and Ari in the Fall of 2019 at Gravity. 

 

I enjoy beaches and mountains, game night and rock climbing and helping make peoples’ day perhaps a little better!

We believe that every action has weight. The accumulation of our actions creates the center of GRAVITY for our lives. 

Gravity Cafes opened in the fall of 2019. We started with two locations in the Engineering Center on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. By February of 2020, we were already expanding. We opened a small kiosk location in the Koelbel Building (right next door to the Engineering Center and home to the Leeds School of Business). We are looking forward to opening our next location in the Koelbel Building within the next year!

We wanted the coffee shop’s name to speak to the values we hold as a management team. Values about continual growth, small actions that add up, optimism, and lasting commitment to the employees and customers we serve. We also wanted the name to have weight (pun intended).

 

Life so quickly passes us by and there are so many things that we only get the opportunity to do once, like college or a bit smaller - a single cup of coffee.


We are an employee centered company. This means we believe if our employees feel happy and trusted to do their job in the way that best serves the situation, our customers will also be happy. For many of our employees this is their first job. We aim to help them grow and be better prepared leaving college. We also provide free coffee for our employees, which every college student needs! 


Come and visit us to see what keeps our loyal customers returning back day after day!

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We believe in giving back to build a better world!

We are working to build our philanthropic program as we grow the business. We believe that the cafes can be a center point of positive action and personal growth that will radiate outwards to a better future and a better world. 

Every month we will be choosing a new specialty drink and a new charity. Then throughout the month (or as supplies last) we will donate $1 from every purchase of that drink!

Learn more about the organizations we've supported in the past:supporting:

Mango Iced Green Tea - International Medical Corps - August 2020


International Medical Corps is a global first responder that delivers emergency medical and related services to those affected by conflict, disaster and disease, no matter where they are, no matter the conditions. They’re battling the novel coronavirus, and COVID-19 disease, in the United States and globally with a multi-pronged approach that includes training and capacity-building for healthcare providers; prepositioning and deploying medicines, supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE); deploying emergency medical field units and screening stations; assisting with case management.




Almond Joy Mocha - Colorado Firefighter's Foundation Sept. 2020


Many of the needs of the widow/widowers and orphans of fallen fire fighters are overlooked after a tragedy. It was from this financial void the purpose of the Colorado Fire Fighters Foundations was forged. Donations to the Foundation go directly to families of fire fighters who have fallen or directly to fire fighters who were injured or have suffered great tragedy.




Mint Mocha - Conservation International - Oct. & Nov. 2020


For over thirty years, Conservation International has worked to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity. Combining fieldwork with innovations in science, policy and finance, we’ve helped protect more than 6 million square kilometers (2.3 million square miles) of land and sea across more than 70 countries.




Food Donation - OUR Center & Boulder Homeless Shelter - Dec. 2020


We donated over 250 lbs. of food to OUR Center in Longmont as well as the Boulder Homeless Shelter before the holidays! The Outreach United Resource Center, Inc. (OUR Center) has provided critical services such as food, housing, and utilities to help families achieve self-reliance since 1986. We offer “a hand up, not a hand out” to residents of the St. Vrain Valley School District of Colorado. The Boulder Homeless Shelter creates avenues to stable housing for Boulder community's homeless adults, from a foundation of supportive and safe shelter.




Raspberry White Mocha - Black Girl Ventures - Jan. 2021


Black Girl Ventures provides Black and Brown woman-identifying founders with access to community, capital and capacity building in order for them to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship. Their Change Agent Program has chapters nationwide. Each chapter recruits 3-5 women hyperlocally to provide low-barrier access to capital, community and capacity through the BGV Pitch Program, entrepreneurial education and ecosystem building.




Dark Chocolate Cherry Mocha - Feb. & Mar. 2021


Greenwood Wildlife rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release into appropriate habitats. It is the largest wildlife rehabilitation center in the Front Range and located just north of Boulder! To Learn more or to check out how to volunteer go to https://www.greenwoodwildlife.org/




Lavender Latte - Access Opportunity - August 2021


Access Opportunity's vision is for equity in opportunity for all students. Their mission is to: Create opportunities for high-potential students from low-income households to define their individual path through high school, college, and career, ultimately benefiting the lives of others. https://www.accessopportunity.org/





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