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New coffee shop off to a strong start in downtown Scotia

New coffee shop off to a strong start in downtown Scotia

Storied Coffee was funded partly by donations, draws steady stream of customers since opening
New coffee shop off to a strong start in downtown Scotia
Storied Coffee co-owner Rich Sarnacki makes coffee in the Scotia coffee shop on Friday, March 29, 2019.
Photographer: John Cropley

SCOTIA — One of the only problems at Storied Coffee in its first five weeks has been a good one to have: It’s often too busy for the number of employees behind the counter at any one time.

The new coffee shop on Mohawk Avenue seems to have found its audience, as owners Rich and Christine Sarnacki overshot their $20,000 crowdfunding goal by 25 percent and their Facebook page has accrued more than a thousand followers.

“It’s honestly been really good,” Rich Sarnacki said. “We’ve been really well-received by the community here. 

“Sales have been higher than we ever anticipated,” he added. “We thought we’d be a place people were looking for ... but never so soon.”

Rich is a Scotia native and a 2009 graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School and Christine a Kingston-area native. She works full-time as a special education teacher and part-time at Storied. He’s full-time at the coffee shop, which is open 12 to 14 hours every day except Sundays.

They raised nearly $25,000 on Kickstarter to help pay for renovations to the space at 109 Mohawk Ave., previously a jewelry shop, and devoted several months to the work needed to open on Feb. 23.

The strong reception so far, Rich believes, is unmet demand: good execution of a product people want. “Everyone says things like, ‘This is just what Scotia needs,’” he said.

“I may be a little biased,” he allows, but “I’m intimately  acquainted with the coffee scene. There really hasn’t been anything like this, a place where you want to hang out and the coffee is good."

Village Mayor Thomas Gifford said Storied is part of a fabric of new and existing main street businesses that support the fundamental nature of Scotia: a walkable place whose residents want to congregate and socialize.

“It’s been drawing people out of the woodwork,” he said. “The coffee shop has got people sitting there and just talking.”

Other newer businesses such as Northpoints Gallery, b.inspired and Paint With Me at 143 join longtime fixtures such as Turf Tavern, Scotia Cinema and Jade Bistro to bring people downtown, he said.

Rich Sarnacki said he likes being part of that, and of a village where you don’t need a car to go out.

“It’s really a pretty walkable place,” he said. “I think that’s a feature of Scotia that remains true. There’s less ‘we’ve got to drive way out of here.’”

The most popular beverage on the menu so far has been cold-brewed latte. Bubble teas also are big, as are the snacks from the area bakeries that Storied Coffee partners up with.

Rich’s own favorite is fairly simple: an 8-ounce plain latte.

Mayor Gifford’s favorite? Not coffee. He jokes that he’s still too young to drink it.

“They have wonderful hot chocolate,” he said.

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