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The Brewed, A Horror-Themed Coffee Shop From Bric-A-Brac Records Owners, Opens In Avondale

The colorful Milwaukee Avenue coffee shop is packed with classic horror movie posters, along with loads of horror figurines and ephemera.

The Brewed, at 2843 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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AVONDALE — Even those with an aversion to horror movies can appreciate the level of detail at The Brewed, a horror-themed coffee shop that opened in Avondale this week.

Owners Nick Mayor, Jen Lemasters and Jason Deuchler opened The Brewed on Tuesday at 2843 N. Milwaukee Ave. after a few months of renovations. Mayor and Lemasters also own neighboring Bric-A-Brac Records.

The Brewed serves locally made coffee and snacks, including Halfwit coffee, Sugar Moon Bakery pastries and Ørkenoy sandwiches. It’s open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends.

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The main seating area at The Brewed.

The colorful coffee shop — filled with memorabilia from the owners’ personal collection — is a love letter to the genre, a place where horror aficionados and neighbors can have a cup of coffee in a collector’s library, Mayor said last year.

Everything in the spot — from the monster murals to the display cases packed with horror figurines and ephemera — supports the theme.

“Chicago has a really big horror community and a lot of history in the genre, most notably ‘Candyman,’ but lots of other lesser-known entries into the genre,” Mayor previously said.

“… We’re not necessarily opening a coffee shop because we think we have a superior brew or can really change the coffee landscape as [much] it is we have this idea for a cool space.”

The design of the coffee shop was a joint effort between the owners and artist Eric Wilson. Lemasters painted the monster murals, while Wilson created the menu board and coffee bar.

Next to the coffee bar is a set of doors that lead to Bric-A-Brac Records, which has a similarly colorful and pop-culture-obsessed vibe.

After eight years of business on Diversey Avenue, Mayor and Lemasters set out to move Bric-A-Brac to a larger space on Milwaukee Avenue last year. They planned to open The Brewed next door to expand their business. Deuchler, a longtime DJ and big horror fan, helped make The Brewed a reality.

The coffee shop is named after David Cronenberg’s horror flick “The Brood.”

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The Avondale coffee shop has display cases filled with horror figurines, books and other memorabilia.
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The menu board at The Brewed.
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Monster murals at The Brewed.
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The new Bric-A-Brac Records, which is situated next to The Brewed.

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