Published on November 4th, 2016 | by Peyton the Intern0
What’s Brewin’ in the Circle City?
Nestled between Porter Park and an empty building on North Foster Street is Naomi & Olive, a home decor and gift shop owned by Christy Keyton, who is currently in the process of turning this soon-to-be-not-so-empty building into a coffee shop. Ms. Keyton has always had customers ask where to get a decent cup of coffee after shopping, and when the building neighboring her store became available, she knew she could knock two birds out with one stone by expanding retail and appeasing customers.
Ms. Keyton plans to establish an industrial vintage vibe by incorporating details such as exposed brick. Local architect Andy Gosselin has been helping her with this vision, especially in advising her to preserve certain old parts of the building that give it character. Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea will be providing the coffee for the shop. They are an Ohio-based roasting company named by Roast as their 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Local baker Amy Parker will provide fresh pastries and baked goods, the only food Ms. Keyton plans to sell in an effort to adhere to an “authentic” coffee shop vibe.
Ms. Keyton hasn’t revealed a name yet but she did tell me that she wants the shop to be a place where people feel warm and comfortable. The shop is set to open sometime in the first half of December. Naomi & Olive’s Facebook page occasionally posts updates about the progress they’re making, so make sure to like them there if you want to stay up to date!
In other coffee news, (and much to the satisfaction of Fanatix frequenters) The Board and Table is finally open! They had their grand opening on October 6th, and owner Phillip Chalker says business is better than anything he could’ve hoped for; they’re, even drawing in customers who had never set foot in Fanatix.
As someone who has only visited Fanatix on one other occasion, I expected to mosey in and feel out of place, but that was not the case by any means. The entire atmosphere was welcoming, and Phillip is so knowledgeable about what he’s doing, making it easy for him to recommend drinks and explain his process. I decided on a caramel latte frappe- a very basic choice, I know- and enjoyed it so much more than I expected! It had an almost perfect balance of sweet from the caramel and bitterness from the coffee. Phillip said himself that his love for coffee definitely enhances his skills as a barista. Having a personal palate for the drink helps him to create a drink that he knows the customer will enjoy. Their menu is plentiful, offering everything from espresso to smoothies to sandwiches.
Even if you don’t fancy the whole tabletop gaming shebang yourself, The Board and Table should make your list of local places to try, especially if you enjoy a good cup of coffee. They’ll be introducing two seasonal flavors soon: orange vanilla bean cream and pumpkin spice. Their hours vary, so make sure to check out their Facebook page and make sure they’re open before you head over!