I’m not a fan of chain stores and restaurants, and avoid them when I can. But with the absence of a coffee shop/cafe in Hill East (other than the one inside Safeway), I’ve found myself wishing even FourBucks or Caribou Coffee would set up shop. Not likely, but now we neighbors have the chance to demonstrate our buying (or is that sipping?) power at a new tea shop, that, fortunately, happens to have coffee on the menu. Perhaps additional small business owners will follow.
Barry Lester, the owner of Attitude Exact Gallery on Barracks Row, has ventured into the Bermuda Triangle of commercial space, also known as the building beside Frager’s. Last year were were sad to see Dulce come and go after a few short months. In mid December Lester opened The B Spot: Juice Bar & Art Gallery and Stage on the upper floor of the property.
The menu focuses on teas, juices and fruit smoothies, with cups of Counter Culture coffee rounding out the menu, and for that this groggy mom is grateful. You can even sip world tea championship teas like the Strawberry Seduction and Assam Reserve, or get a little crazy with a B Spot Nirvana Smoothie. There are also baked goods if you need to round out your liquid meal.
Perhaps most interesting to me is that Lester plans to let people rent the space for “dry” parties and hold regular events like a weekly Saturday story hour. He seems to understand catering to the child set can be lucrative, especially in the absence of a liquor license. The room is bright and open with plenty of room for chairs, activities or even little rugrats doing their thing. Eclectic artwork from the Smithsonian Associates art league dress up the place.
Welcome to the neighborhood B Spot. Thanks for taking the dare and diversifying the businesses in HillEast.