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My Favorite Small Business NYC Coffee Shops

My Favorite Small Business NYC Coffee Shops

My idea of a splurge these days is getting coffee that is not brewed from my kitchen. That being said, these NYC based coffee shops are some of my favorites when I feel like treating myself.

 

Konditori Brooklyn
Konditori- 186 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
One day while while I was thrifting around Brooklyn with my mom, I was craving an iced mocha latte like a madwoman. I took a chance on this Swedish espresso bar and I was blessed with the best mochas I’ve ever had. I’m not exaggerating. I think about this drink often. I’ve had this both iced and hot, equally amazing. 


Marthas Country Bakery
Martha’s Country Bakery- 41-06 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY
This bakery is such a classic in Queens. They have a ridiculous variety of pastries and cakes ...and their coffee is great too!  This bakery has such a cozy, cottage feel to it, really got me in my cottage-core feels.  My bestie loves the mocha latte and she insists you order a slice of the Lemon Coconut cake. I can see her drool all the way from Arizona. 

 

Tiny Pumpkin

Tiny Pumpkin- 216-21 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY
The name alone is the reason why I decided to try this place. How can you pass it up? I was immediately welcomed so warmly by the owners. I knew this place was going to be special. My bestie and I tried their pumpkin latte and I was shooketh. I’m not a fan of pumpkin anything but this really won me over. You can taste the pumpkin in such a lovely way. Felt like a warm pumpkin hug.

 

White Noise Flushing

White Noise Coffee Co- 4102 162nd St Flushing, NY
This Flushing coffee shop is dear to my heart. It’s not only 5 minutes from my home but it has a dope Brooklyn- loft aesthetic with the most lovely plant decor to go with it. Their dark mocha latte is divine- not too sweet, not too bitter-- just how I like it. Try their matcha lattes too! My bestie is a matcha connoisseur and this happens to be the only thing she orders.

I think it’s important more than ever to support small businesses, like the ones I mentioned. I've been so tempted to run and try that new Starbucks Oatmilk Espresso (you know what's up), but I know that I mustn't forget my local coffee shops. Starbucks will always be there but these small businesses are the heart of our communities. 

Check out our Youtube video we made (pre-pandemic),  where we search for some amazing lattes!

 

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The Accidental Hunt for Vintage Home Decor

The Accidental Hunt for Vintage Home Decor

Last year my best friend and I hit the road from Queens, New York to Orange, Connecticut , for no other reason but to waste our time together and of course to find vintage goods. We figured there’s gotta be cooler things outside of New York;lets say we were pleasantly surprised.

Upon arriving to our first shop destination, Savers, we knew right away that clothing was secondary.Savers’ knick knack section, in almost every location, could quite literally have their own Disney Theme Park. Wow,just typing that made me giddy.This day in particular we stumbled across some oddly interesting decor and some retro earrings we couldnt pass up!

Ceramic head decor

I regret not buying this decapitated head on a dish

Vintage door knocker earrings

Door knocker earrings for $3.99! That's real ya'll

Strange family hand painted portrait

Are they children?Are they adults? We may never know

Wall of vintage picutre frames

 

Our second stop was at a Mom and Pop thrift store called Garage Sale Store. And as the name suggests , it was exactly that. It truly looks like you stepped inside a 3 car garage/warehouse from the 60s. This place was authentically vintage. They did carry a small clothing section but we definitely were blown away by their furniture and *NSYNC bobble heads!

Tennis racket mirrors and vintage yellow chairs

Tennis racket mirrors? Add to cart

Vintage Cabbage patch kid ceramic

Cabbage patch kids: a childhood darling or nightmare?

Vintage wicker lounge chair

An upholsterers' dream

Nsync Bobble heads

Chris and Joey are the coolest ones on this shelf. No cap

Vintage Armoire furniture

 
If you ever wanna check our these shops for yourself, Savers is still open but I’m sad to report that Garage Sale Store is permanently closed (according to Google).
 
Savers
130 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477
 
Garage Sale Store LLC (Permanently Closed)
Address: 367 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477

 

Did I mention we documented this trip? Jump over to our YouTube video below where we show you the rest of our trip, including our dinner at a dope vegan restaurant and a $15 cheesecake that honestly still haunts us till this day.

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