Whether you start your day at a coffee shop, fueling up for the day or need that midafternoon boost to make it through the day, coffee shops hold an important role in any neighborhood. They add a sense of community! Not only does coffee shop culture allow small businesses to be supported by their communities, it also gives people a communal space where they can find consistency, comfort, coziness, conversation, snacks, music, literature, sometimes local arts acts, and of course great coffee! Good coffee shops tend to be a community hub for local art and culture. In this way, independent coffee shops become a reflection of their community and those who they serve. The character of the coffee shop mirrors that of the community and caters to the need of that community. If you’re thinking about moving into a new community, stopping by a local coffee shop can be a good way of getting a feel for the area and the people.
Coffee shops are a great economic tool to bring life to a neighborhood and attract newcomers. Whether you put a coffee shop in a community that is in need of a revitalization or you plop one in an already thriving community, coffee shops create a reciprocal relationship with the community where they are fueled by the people but also create fuel that can invigorate any neighborhood. These community centers are a great way for many people to start their day, take a break from their day, or finish their day. Good coffee shops offer a diverse use of space that suits the community.
A local fav on Staten Island is Bean’s and Leaves in West Brighton on Forest Ave. This little spot offers coffee, tea, breakfast options and brunch. They offer the staple coffee choices from an Espresso shot to an Americano. Their interesting food items also keep customers coming back! Check out their menu here and a little story about the shop's beginnings here.
Here are some other great spots on the island:
SIPS + MAKER
Everything Goes Book Cafe and Neighborhood Stage
Piece A Cake
The Mustard Seed
All of these places will give you some great sips and eats and a feel for the neighborhood!