There’s a new coffee shop in town.
On Saturday, Nov. 14 Standard Pour at 64 Rockaway Ave. celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting, drawing dozens to get a taste of what the new business has to offer.
Described as a boutique coffee shop with plans to eventually offer a wine bar experience, co-owner and Valley Streamer Darlene Gomez said she wanted to give customers a comfortable environment and a place to unwind.
“We want people to be able to come in and relax and enjoy themselves,” she said.
The menu currently features a smattering of pastries as well as paninis and sandwiches, including a spin on the evergreen classic Baconeggandcheese (one word).
The new shop inhabits a storied storefront on Rockaway, with decades of history. From 2011 to this summer the space had been Sip This, a popular hangout and cultural hub, and before that, legendary record shop, Slipped Disc, which operated from 1982 to 2008.
The local significance of the location has not been lost on Gomez, who said she and co-owner Shanelle County wanted Standard Pour to replicate some of what its previous tenants of the space offered while bringing in something fresh.
“We’re excited to bring back to the community a space that offers many of the things they loved about visiting this address while adding a new experience,” Gomez told the Herald in the run-up to the shop's opening.