Today marks the official grand opening of Sweet_ness 7 on Parkside Avenue (corner of Russell Avenue). S7 diehard fans will be happy to know that the same interior design sense that made the Grant Street location so successful has spilled over to the newest locale. Both inside and out, the choice of colors, the use of original and reused wood and other elements throughout, and of course the infused energy all help to contribute to a look and feel that fluxuates from an authentic hookah bar to a Colorado chalet. It is homey to say the least.
The soft opening suited the low key, mellow ambiance, which also meshed with owner Prish Moran’s vision for her new endeavor. “My goal is to add peace, love and very thin pancakes,” Prish told me. “It’s a community space – I want this to be a neighborhood coffee house and creperie. I know how to make crepes that people will love, but truthfully it’s the same coffee shop as the one on Grant Street, but featuring pastries and crepes and NOT egg sandwiches… go to Grant Street for those!” As I talked to Prish, a member of the Parkside Association stopped in to ask about holding meetings at the space. As the two conversed, I examined my surroundings, making sure to take in each and every detail. The focal point of the cafe is a large round community table featuring a surface design by iconic graphic designer Michael Morgulis (formerly inlaid in a floor at Buffalo Hardwoods.. The design, “Buffalo, City of No Illusions” loosely translates into ‘What you see is what you get”, and that is exactly the mantra that speaks for the business.
Prish is the type of person that exudes energy. The thoughtful work that she puts into the operation speaks for her the same way the community table evokes a similar message. Whether it’s the barista tickling the ivories on the baby grand piano tucked into the corner, or the delicate antique exit sign nailed above the door, there is a friendly and peaceful vibe that transcends the space. Although the crepes were not being served today, visitors could still grab a coffee or a pastry. Prish anticipates the creperie to be open by the weekend. In the meantime, stop in for a cup of coffee and a pastry.
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