Black entrepreneur to open 2 new locations; one Oct. 15 and another by next Spring
Here’s a question to ponder. Is a coffee house a home if there’s no community there? Sip and Savor owner Trez V. Pugh III knows the answer. He has created a place where coffee and community meet; and pretty soon there will be four Sip and Savors on Chicago’s southside.
Walk into either Sip and Savor in Bronzeville or Hyde Park and you just might run into media personalities, entrepreneurs, and elected officials including Chicago’s mayor, senators, congressmen, retirees, college students or just an average hardworking customer looking to share a good cup of coffee with a friend.
“I tell my staff that the people who come in here enough, you need to know something about them. Know their drink, what do they do…I want the community to feel that this is their coffee house,” said Pugh III, president and CEO of Sip and Savor.
Pugh’s love of coffee began thru a childhood friend. “I was into real estate real heavy when he asked me had I ever thought of opening a coffee shop,” said Pugh. “I told him no, but he eventually talked me into it.”
That was more than 10 years ago. The first launch, the Bronzeville Coffee House on 43rd street began his love affair with coffee and teas. That spot closed, but Pugh opened one Sip and Savor in Hyde Park and then he reopened in that same location on 43rd street a few years later.
“Our coffees are certified fair trade, and in some cases, certified organic and shade grown. This means that the products you buy maintain biodiversity, provide shelter for migratory birds and help reduce global warming,” he explains.
Pugh is now a veteran coffee man at a time when so many positive things are happening on the south side of Chicago.
“Our goal at Sip and Savor is to capture the positive energy and excitement of Chicago neighborhoods,” he explains on his website. “In recent years, Hyde Park and Bronzeville has welcomed burgeoning revitalization: restoration of historic buildings along with development of new businesses and an influx of professionals making the community home,” he added.
Now childhood friends, strangers, couples, colleagues and business partners meet at Sip and Savor to talk, share and create. Conversations range from politics, sports, business, police brutality, and more and many people, even coming for the first time, feel comfortable adding their perspective to the community conversation.
Another way they are bringing community together is by offering rental space. Now imagine two more locations to get that wonderful drink and community love.
In the south loop will be a new Sip and Savor located 2239 S. Michigan. It’s a collaboration with a recording studio and entertainment music center. “During the morning you can come get coffee and tea, but in the evening, it’s a sports bar type atmosphere with a stage for karaoke flat screen TV’s and more,” said Pugh.
The grand opening for the south loop location is October 15 from 10am to 7pm at 2239 S. Michigan Ave.
“The thing that makes me feel better than anything is making a difference. The money will come later. You can show young people coming up that you can create something different; that’s classy,” said Pugh.
Additionally, Sip and Savor Coffee House will be part of the newly restored historic Rosenwald Courts in Bronzeville which will include several businesses and modern, affordable apartments.
“I want to bring so much energy to that building. I want to create jobs, reach out to youth at risk,” he said. “I am proud to say that Sip and Savor is a part of this positive movement. We call ourselves “Globally Local” – we offer the finest coffee and teas from around the globe, while complimenting them with pastries from local bakeries. We strive to become your neighborhood coffee shop of choice.”
Sip & Savor Chicago is located at 5301 S. Hyde Park in the Del Prado Building. For hours, call 773.952.4532.
The other Sip & Savor Chicago is 528 E. 43rd Street in Bronzeville. For hours, call 773.855.2125.
For more information, visit www.sipandsavorchicago.com.