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Common Ground Coffee Shop to Open in Des Moines Skywalk on EMC Campus

DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 8, 2021)—Monday, Jan. 3, a new coffee shop called Common Ground will open in the Des Moines skywalk. Located on the EMC Insurance Companies' campus at 700 Walnut Street, Common Ground will be available to the general public. The space will be operated by Company Kitchen, EMC's food and catering partner.

Common Ground will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with possible expansion in the future. The shop will feature coffee from BLK and Bold, a Des Moines-based coffee roaster that is Black-owned and distributed nationally. Pastries and baked goods will be sourced from a local bakery, still being determined. The menu will also offer tea, smoothies, wraps, sandwiches and snacks.

"Common Ground will be a nice addition to the skywalk and provides downtown workers with options for excellent coffee, great grab-and-go style food, and a fun, stylish space to relax, visit and collaborate," said Cindy McCauley, EMC Vice President – Administrative Services.

The new space is bright, modern, comfortable, and features sofas, booths and regular and high top tables. There will also be a special lounge area just for EMC team members with badge access. This area will have additional seating , TVs and provides space for informal team member meetings.

About EMC Insurance Companies

EMC Insurance Companies has more than 2,400 employees and is among the top 60 property and casualty insurance organizations in the country based on net written premium. Employers Mutual Casualty Company (EMCC) was organized in 1911 to write workers’ compensation protection in Iowa. Today, operating under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies, the company provides property and casualty insurance products and services throughout the United States and writes reinsurance contracts worldwide. EMCC is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit

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