Tall? Grande? Venti?
Sure, it might sound a bit more cosmopolitan to order a “venti” cup of joe, but for me, choosing among good old small, medium and large just seems a bit easier.
Marvin Belknap, owner of The Coffee Shop in Oregon, agrees, however he’s made sure patrons have no shortage of tasty choices at the shop, which opened Feb. 23 at 3555 Navarre Ave., in Oregon.
A true “coffee house,” the shop offers latte, cappuccino, espresso, and regular and decaf coffee. There are also café mocha and white mocha and the house specialty, the Coffee Shop Mocha.
Coffee not your cup of tea? A wide range of tea selections is also available.
Enjoy your beverage with a scone or muffins, a bagel or croissant sandwich. “I’m planning on adding breakfast sandwiches in the future as well,” Belknap said.
“And just about everything on our menu we can do frozen or over ice,” Belknap said, adding that the shop also offers a wide array of fruit smoothies, along with flavored Italian sodas and iced tea.
If you don’t see it on the menu, don’t be shy - just ask - baristas Sarah Arman, Larissa Hasse and Alicia Traver say they’re happy to take special requests from customers.
Belknap, who owns the Tan Pro located just down the plaza from the new coffee house, said he’s pleased with the reception he’s had from patrons, many of whom have become regulars.
“People are telling us they’ve been waiting for a place like this here in Oregon - someplace to get good coffee and to gather and meet,” he said.
That same vision for the shop helped determine the name. “We wanted something simple – so people could just say ‘Meet me at The Coffee Shop.’
“Actually, on our first day that we unlocked the door for business, we had a couple who were meeting here for a blind date,” he said. “They came in and ended up sitting for three hours.
“We’ve tried to create an atmosphere where students can come in to study, business professionals can come in and make calls and work on their laptops and people can just bring their newspaper or their book or meet a friend for a cup of coffee and some conversation,” Belknap said.
He adds that he and his wife took great care to choose a warm décor, adding assorted tables and chairs, inviting seating areas with comfy leather furniture, flat-panel TVs, Sirius radio and a fireplace. Photographs and artwork from local artists adorn the walls.
The shop also offers free Wi-Fi Internet access and fax and copy services are available.
But perhaps the most important aspect to consider in setting up shop was choosing a great coffee, Belknap said. “We actually visited coffee roasters in Columbus, Cleveland, Wauseon and Findlay and we chose Crimson Cup out of Columbus, mainly because it had a really good flavor to it, and we thought it would go over well here.” Crimson Cup syrups are also served in various flavors in regular and sugar-free varieties.
(Fessing up, Belknap admitted he doesn’t really drink coffee. “My wife is a coffee drinker – she drinks enough coffee for the both of us,” he said, but says he’s hooked on the shop’s smoothies.)
For those in a hurry, The Coffee Shop offers a drive-up window. Those looking to stay a while may want to check into the assorted special activities planned.
Enjoy live acoustic music with local artists Friday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Other events planned include “Karaoke on Caffeine,” scrapbooking and possibly classic car shows and a parking lot concert when the weather turns warmer.
Craft Nights will be held April 6 and 20 at 4 p.m. There is a $10 materials fee to participate. Registration is requested.
Singles are invited to participate in speed dating April 13 and 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Open to those 18 and older.) Advance registration is requested.
The Coffee Shop hours are Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Call 419-698-JAVA (5282) or e-mail thecoffeeshop698@sbcglobalnet for more information.