We just told you about a new vape shop that would be coming to 1406 Jackson St. Very soon after sharing that news, Puffessor Vape switched concepts to something the owners believe will blend better with the neighborhood.
Instead of vape, this location will soon become a coffee shop called HomeGrown Coffee & Creations.
Jimmy Rossoni and his nephew, Christian Sassani, plan to open this shop later in August. Sassani recently moved to Philadelphia from Florida and had the idea to open a business, which is where the idea for a vape shop emerged. Because of the rate of the PA wholesale tax, they decided to switch to the concept Rossoni had in mind all along: a coffee shop.
Rossoni is a woodworker, so he has plans for custom furniture to bring an eclectic and unique feel to the space. One piece of furniture he is building is a table that blends together his woodworking, some concert mementos from a family member, including things like David Bowie and Pink Floyd ticket stubs, and guitars for the table legs. There will be plenty of other unique items throughout the shop. HomeGrown will display artwork from a number of local artists, ranging from abstract paintings to crochet.
The shop will serve a menu of basic coffee offerings, with hot and iced and espresso drinks. They have not yet settled on a coffee roaster, but are currently leaning towards the fair trade company, Peace Coffee. There will be no cooking happening on the premises, but there will be food at the shop. Baked goods from Vegan Commissary and bagels from South Street Bagels are expected to be served at HomeGrown Coffee & Creations. In the future, they hope to add a selection of quick grab food items.
Once the shop is open, they plan to host a range of weekly events. Craft workshops, open mic nights, short film premieres, art galleries and more events will be happening at the shop to bring in the community after the normal shop hours. To engage some of the older residents in the area, Rossoni says they will be hosting Sundays with Sinatra to appeal to that part of the neighborhood’s demographic.
Hours are still being worked out, but the shop is expected to be open from around 6:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. The shop would then reopen around 8:30 or 9, depending on whether an event is happening that evening.
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