Restaurant Design

Come For the Clothes, Stay for the Coffee: 12 Retailers With In-Store Coffee Shops 

In Saturdays NYC, a clothing and lifestyle store on Crosby Street in downtown Manhattan, you can buy a Stenstrom Fleece jacket for $245, a Miller Standard Towel for $55, and a small hot latte for $4. 

Saturdays opened its doors in 2009 as one of the first clothing-slash-coffee shops, Over a decade later, and a number of other retailers have since added caffeinated beverages to their selection.

Looking back, consumer goods and consumables have always been a perfect match. Malls are founded on food courts, and plenty of department stores have small eateries. 

Newer establishments, however, aren’t serving up just any old cup of joe. Store owners (and pretty much everyone) these days take their coffee seriously, with freshly roasted single origin beans, gleaming La Marzoccos, and full coffee shop counters tucked right into the retail space. 

For some, it’s an economical move. Most people drink coffee more often than they shop. And for a comparatively low investment (far less than for a stand-alone cafe), they have a highly sellable product and an uptick in foot traffic.

Serving coffee also changes the pace of a store. Rather than just static merchandise displays, these hybrid spaces have coffee brewing, music playing, and people hanging out. It creates a welcoming atmosphere where you’re free to browse and get a feel for the product — without pressure.

Plus, if you are in the mood to get something, a cup of coffee is affordable and enjoyable.

Below, we’ve put together a selection of establishments – from bike shops to nail salons — that are serving up some really delicious cups of coffee. 

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Flora Grubb Gardens (San Francisco, CA)

Sipping a cold-brewed coffee while taking in some lush open-air scenery? Just the thought is enough to bring people to Flora Grubb Gardens. And the coffee is a big part of what makes them stay. 

Aside from being a garden, garden furniture, and garden design store, Flora Grubb also has an outpost by Ritual Coffee Roasters, another San Francisco-grown favorite. This is one of Ritual’s six cafes, and the only one located in another establishment. 

Customers can sip coffee and munch on pastries, while wandering through the expansive 6,000 square foot garden center (not counting the even bigger outdoor space) picking their perfect plant.

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Chillhouse (New York City, NY)

As its name implies, Chillhouse is a space where you can do all sorts of chill activities — get a facial, enjoy a massage, have a mani-pedi, and drink coffee. 

Founded as “a destination for modern self-care” by former blogger Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, the hyper-aware CEO knows that young crowds love a good cafe. 

Chillhouse’s menu offers a range of concoctions, from uppers, with a coffee or matcha base, to downers that use stress-relieving ingredients, like ashwagandha, lavender, and reishi mushrooms. 

Whether you’re due for a manicure or full body massage, you can cap off your service with a Give Me Life, Make Me Glow, or Spin My Wheels Latte.

Photo from TomsToms (Venice, CA / Austin, TX / Brooklyn, NY)

Not many people know that Toms, the altruistic

slip-on shoe brand, also has a coffee roasting arm. Probably even less people know that some of the brand’s retail stores have really cozy cafés, as well. 

If you’re in Venice, Austin, or Brooklyn, and looking to relax over a cup of coffee, consider heading to Toms. All three locations provide lots of seating, spacious outdoor areas, and all the favorite brews, from espresso drinks and chai lattes to vanilla coriander and pumpkin spice specialties.  

Plus, Toms only uses fair trade or direct trade coffee sourced from Guatemala, Honduras, Malawi, Peru, and Rwanda. For every cup oe bag of coffee purchased, the company supplies a day or week’s worth of clean water, respectively, to a person in need.

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Lichen (Brooklyn, NY)

Furniture shopping can be intimidating. It’s a big purchase with so many fun, yet somewhat overwhelming, possibilities. The owners of Lichen recognize this and have come up with a simple solution — to make you feel at home by selling freshly brewed premium coffee. 

In line with the furniture store’s offerings, the coffee is also high-quality and specially selected. They feature small batch blends and are constantly evolving their coffee program. With a seasonal blend to always look forward to, customers are free to stop by Lichen for their mid-day picker-upper.   

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South Mountain Cycle & Café (Emmaus, PA)

Ready to go for a bike ride? Stop by South Mountain Cycle & Café for some bike apparel, quick maintenance, and a double shot of espresso to power you through your ride. 

The 15-year-old establishment positions itself as a one-stop-shop for those who love both cycling and coffee. And with 12,000 square feet of space, it definitely has a lot to offer. No matter what type of cycling you do — road, mountain, cruiser, BMX, etc — South Mountain stocks complete bike builds, parts, apparel, and accessories. It also has a full service shop for tune-ups and repairs.

South Mountain’s café is just as extensive. The shop uses its own organic South Mountain Cycle & Café Harvest Blend, with four different flavors ground to your liking. Assorted baked goods are delivered fresh from local bakeries, and all the milks, teas, and sugars are organic and sourced within Pennsylvania.

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See See Motor Coffee (Portland, OR)

If motorbikes are more your speed, See See Motor Coffee is a great engines-meets-espresso space. The shop describes itself as “a grassroots movement of keeping motorcycling alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. In an area where nine months out of the year it rains, it pours, and the old man definitely snores.”

See See welcomes riders of all types and levels, with an assortment of moto-centric gear and apparel. As for consumables, the café prides itself on serving some of the city’s finest beans from Stumptown Coffee and locally baked pastries.

And, if you have an upcoming event, you may be interested in booking The See See Coffee Slayer, a coffee-slinging mobile motor-unit that serves up the finest espressos, anywhere, anytime. 

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Persons of Interest (Brooklyn, NY)

Barber shops have long been a sanctuary for men to go to on a regular basis when they need a little grooming and unwinding. Persons of Interest adds another much-needed layer by offering customers a coffee shop and a chance to hang out a little more.

Late last year, the Brooklyn-based barbershop introduced a POI Coffee Shop in its Williamsburg branch. A collaboration between Partners Coffee and Head Sound Records, POI Coffee Shop is a separate space that runs parallel to the barber shop. Whether you’re booked for a cut or not, everyone is free to sip on brew and browse through bins of one-of-a-kind records. 

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Fayes Video (San Francisco, CA)

Fayes Video is one of the last standing physical video stores. Could it be the coffee? In a word, yes. The majority of Fayes’ revenue comes from its coffee products, which is said to include one of the best iced coffees in The Bay. The beans are roasted specially for them by Mclaughlin Coffee, a family-owned company that’s been roasting coffee since 1983. 

The store also has a space for art shows and a very popular gift shop with printed mugs, cards, and other novelty items.

However, what Fayes is really known for is its extensive film collection. While streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer a few thousand films, Fayes has over 10,000 titles — many of them cult classics hard to find anywhere else. This is enough to draw film buffs from their couch to the brick-and-mortar video store. 

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Regular Visitors (Brooklyn, NY)

Regular Visitors provides “practical goods for life, home, and well-being.” In a bustling city, this translates to a newsstand (to stay informed), pharmacy (to stay healthy), homeware (to stay organized), and a coffee counter (to stay sane).

Situated one block away from a busy subway station, it’s no surprise that coffee is one of the store’s best-sellers. Regular Visitors brews two custom roasts that were developed together with Nobletree, a coffee company based in the nearby Red Hook neighborhood. 

The corner store brings together many other  unique products — from local labels to international finds — in modern day general store. 

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Shinola (Detroit, MI)

What can’t you find in Shinola? The luxury label started out with timepieces, and has since expanded to leather goods, jewelry, bicycles, turntables, speakers, and more. It even operates a Shinola Hotel in downtown Detroit.

Given its proud history of craftsmanship, it was only natural for Shinola to open a café in its flagship Detroit location. They offer a succinct beverage selection, with simple espressos, drip coffees, a few light lattes, and tea. The coffee comes from Sightglass Roasters Coffee in San Francisco, while the tea is directly from Eli Tea in Detroit. 

(Note: Shinola’s Brooklyn location also has an in-store café, which is run by Smile To Go, a New York-based countertop café and offshoot of the original downtown eatery, The Smile.)

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KITH (Brooklyn, NY) 

Maybe you heard of KITH when it began as a sneaker brand in 2010. Or years later when it began releasing products with Adidas, Levi’s, Coca Cola, etc. 

Or just recently, through its line of KITH treats now available in select stores (as well as through Postmates). While most of its menus are focused on milkshakes, cereal bowls, and ice creams, KITH Brooklyn caters to more coffee-centric locals. It’s the first branch to sell La Colombe coffee, as well as iced coffee and cereal milk latte with a shot of espresso.

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The Lounge by AT&T (Seattle, WA)

A new concept by global giant AT&T combines two local favorites over at Capitol Hill — coffee and tech.

As expected, people can purchase AT&T products. But this time, it’s directly through a digital catalog on a large 4K screen or their phone. The item is then picked up using a QR code that opens a secure locker within the store. 

If you happen to have all the devices you need, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee at Ada’s Discovery Café. A collaboration with local small business owners, Danielle and David Hulton, who have been running Ada’s Technical Books & Café since 2010, the Discovery Café location is where they can really geek out on coffee.

In fact, many of the orders are precisely brewed by two sophisticated coffee robots. So aside from the usual Americano and espresso, the menu also offers one-of-a-kind Kyotobot Iced Coffee and Siphonbot fresh brew.

 

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