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Coffee combines with a lot of things, and for one new coffee shop, the caffeinated beverage combines with art

RITA A. LEONARD - Serving customers at just-open Awake Coffee and Art in Westmoreland are owner Mandie Guth - shown at center - with baristas Phoebe, left, and Hannah, at right. A new sort of coffee shop has opened at 7325 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, in a space which previously hosted a coffee shop that moved to Brooklyn (and whose coffee they are serving in the new café), and before that a toy shop. This coffee shop sets itself apart by including an artistic component, and kids are welcome. "Awake Coffee and Art" had its soft opening under multicolored display flags in April, with an official Grand Opening on May 1. Owner Mandie Guth remarked to THE BEE, "I was a yoga teacher for eleven years, until the pandemic hit. . . [now] I've organized a coffee shop with regular drop-in kids' art classes!

"I'll read stories for preschoolers while their parents drink coffee and chat," Guth added, "And community members can teach art classes which they're comfortable with. It should be fun. Our motto is: 'Be the change you want'." As for the coffee and food served, Guth says, "All our products are made locally and are fresh daily [the coffee is from "Rose City Coffee Company"] – we have bacon and poblano sandwiches from a bakery in St. Johns, delivered here daily. We offer seating for fifteen indoors, and two tables with seating out in front, as well as three tables with seating along the south side. My two baristas and I are happy to serve you in this bright, local, adventurous business." "Awake Coffee and Art" is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with variety of coffees, teas, espresso, hot chocolate, bagels, pastries – "and fresh sushi from Poke Box across the street."

Call them at 971/803-7122; and their website is –

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