All the Buzz: Stumptown Comes to Greenwich Village

PROJECT NAME Stumptown Coffee
FIRM Osmose
SQ. FT. 1,400 SQF

Coffee culture is big in New York. But it’s huge in Portland, Oregon. So when Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters decided to open a stand-alone café in Greenwich Village, founder Duane Sorenson called on a fellow City of Roses native, Osmose principal Andee Hess, for the design.

The location is prime: a landmarked corner site, 1,400 square feet with a storied past as the Eighth Street Bookshop. Honoring that history, Osmose lined red-oak shelves with vintage books—but tongue-in-cheek pulp fiction and sci-fi paperbacks instead of the expected leather-bound tomes. The handcraft that Portland is known for comes through in a style that could be called tweaked referential. Witness the plaster ceiling’s take on pressed-tin tiles. Reclaimed church pews and pendant fixtures? Further evidence that Portland has arrived.

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