In an area that has been ruled and monopolized by Starbucks and Tully’s, the disparity of local, startup coffee shops has been significant. But, due to a recent surge of persistence on the Eastside, new shops are starting to sprinkle themselves about the area to deliver that quality coffee goodness the Eastside is craving. Below are just a few new shops already standing out after recently opening.
Rivertrail Roasters, Redmond
Located across from Redmond City Hall, Rivertail Roasters is the product of determination, insane quality, and a vibrant community thanks to owners Lyndsey DeMaris, Ryan McLaughlin, and Melissa Perea. It opened just over two weeks ago and already has generated a lot of buzz through efficient community business marketing strategy. Rivertrail Roasters offers a unique blend of personally roasted beans and homemade syrup that go along with a trendy and comfortable atmosphere. The shop’s setup allows for a family-friendly as well as business-friendly environment, which makes it accessible to anyone in the mood for a carefully handcrafted, non-pretentious cup of Joe.
5 Stones Coffee, Redmond
Newly opened just two blocks away from Rivertrail Roasters comes the modernistic and welcoming 5 Stones Coffee Company. Not only does it offer a unique coffee experience, but the shop does a lot of work with non-profit organizations. Most notably, opening day sales were donated to help abolish human trafficking. Owner Jacob Archer said they are working hard to make the coffee shop the place to be for people outside of their home and place of work. To make this happen, the shop focuses on three pillars: product, customer service, and atmosphere; All of which contribute to becoming a successful business.
Honor Coffee, Bellevue
Though it has been open for a few months, the Seattle-based coffee company has expanded its territory to the Eastside with a new coffee shop in downtown Bellevue. Tucked away near the Bellevue Public Library lies the quaint, yet delicious shop. With its fifth location, Honor Coffee is pulling its weight in establishing its own coffee identity in the Greater Seattle area. Though the Bellevue shop is not as easily accessible, it becomes spacious and comfortable once entering the shop; perfect for a casual business setting. It also provides delicious, hand-crafted treats in addition to well-designed drinks.
Fika House Kafe, Bellevue
The wait is finally over. Fika also opened in June after some delays, and we couldn’t be happier. Brought to you from the folks behind 99 Park, Fika House Kafe comes complete with seasonal syrups, savory and sweet Belgian waffles, and expertly crafted specialty brews. Located on 106th Avenue Northeast, Fika is right downtown and within walking distance of most high-rise buildings and the downtown park.