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The name of the new coffee house on Bybee Boulevard reflects its owner's enthusiasm about dogs

RITA A. LEONARD - Fetch owner and coffee roaster Sarah Witter, standing by her roaster - adjacent to the new coffee shops indoor seating area.Just a half block south of the former location of the late, lamented Schoendecken Coffee House, and a block west of Westmoreland's Starbuck's, a new coffee house opened on Friday, August 6, at 1540 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Called "Fetch Coffee Roasters", the new business roasts and sells its own six blends of coffee, and serves drinks and pastries to patrons both indoors and out. The name "Fetch" has a dogly feel, so it is no surprise that the coffee house also regularly supports two organizations that help dogs in need. One of those will always be "Soi Dog Foundation" in Thailand, they say; and the other rotates through local Oregon institutions. Soi Dog Foundation has not only spayed and neutered hundreds of thousands of dogs, they were also instrumental in ending the dog meat trade in that country.

"Fetch" owner and roaster Sarah Witter, who founded Fetch in 2019, advises, "Our mission is to do something positive that also gives back to the community. Consequently, a dollar from every bag of coffee we sell goes to organizations that help dogs around the globe to be cared for and treated with love and compassion. We also ensure that our coffee is ethically-sourced from companies that not only provide the highest quality beans, but also ensure that farmers receive a fair price for their hard work producing them."

As you would hope, from this background, Fetch itself is a dog-friendly shop. "We currently have 28 seats indoors (for those wearing masks), and about 18 dog-friendly spaces along the sidewalks," says Witter. "We also have dog water bowls beside the doors.

"Currently we serve a variety of pastries from Bella Company, and are hoping to partner soon with some local businesses to also provide salads and sandwiches. If you have your dog with you, you can order from us with the 'Joe' app, and we'll bring everything out to you."

The shop also sells chai and kombucha, as well as their own specialty coffees. The bags have names such as Muddy Paws, Zoomies, Squirrel!, Cozy Afternoon, Sploot, and Muskrat Morning. "We had a lot of fun naming our different blends related to dog activities," remarks Witter. "A local cartoonist and game creator named John Kovalic was the inspiration for 'Muskrat Morning' – a blend of specialty-grade coffees combined to bring out nuanced flavors of dark cherry and chocolate. Two dollars of every bag of this blend goes to dog service organizations. We've had people from as far away as Germany order it!"

"Fetch" has four baristas plus Witter, and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 to 5, and Sunday from 8 to 4. "Our phone number is 503/954-1865," says Witter, "And you can learn more about us online – www.fetchroasters.com". If you're still trying to picture just where "Fetch" is – it's in the space formerly home to "The Bull and the Bee", before it moved to 7044 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue – and it's directly across the street, to the south, of the Sellwood-Westmoreland Post Office.


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