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Business reporter for The Billings Gazette.

Off the Leaf 

A popular Billings West End coffee shop is under new ownership and a new brand, Mazevo Coffee.

Mazevo’s owners, Damion Taylor and Tyler Nash, bought the former Off The Leaf shop at 819 Grand Ave. and converted the brand at the beginning of this month. The previous owners had recently changed the name to Beyond the Cup.

Taylor and Nash added a small stage and are planning more events, but expect few changes for a place that’s running well, the two said.

“We want to keep the vibe,” Taylor said.

Brian and DeAnn Carpenter opened the coffee shop in 2008 with the goal of creating a hang out with a mindset of helping the community. About two years ago, Greg Switzer and Ethan Kanning took over management of the company.

The sales price to Mazevo was not disclosed.

Taylor and Nash opened the first Mazevo in January at 2719 First Ave. N. It’s in a small retail space, but with room to roast the beans through a separate business, Live His Love.

“Mazevo” is a Greek word that means gather. It’s a philosophy that Taylor and Nash instilled at their original location, and they feel it’s already there at the West End spot.

All of the roughly 10 employees are staying in place, and the shop will continue to serve pastries and other baked goods.

“Same baristas. Same friendly faces,” Nash said.

Customers can order online at www.mazevocoffee.com. Call 894-2734 for more information.