Building a Community One Cup at a Time

katie flanigan | the attic | jan. 2016

Located on the corner of N. Jackson and Bodart Streets lies the perfect creative destination. For any book or coffee lover searching for a place to relax or enjoy some warm company, The Attic Books and Coffee is your spot. This tucked-away haven has a welcoming and humble environment to study, catch up with friends, hold a monthly meeting or just relax with a cup of tea.

Here at The Attic you have the opportunity to find the perfect cup of coffee or tea for your taste. Every two weeks they offer specialty coffee and tea items that are both tasty and whimsical with themes ranging from childhood favorites like Candyland to films like “The Wizard of Oz.” Have a craving for tea? The Attic is the largest loose-leaf tea provider in the Green Bay area. With a large variety of teas to choose from, it will be hard just to pick one. Most of the coffee and tea choices at The Attic are certified organic and fair trade. Tea drinking is gaining in popularity every day, and The Attic is very much aware of this trend. The establishment even offers tea-cupping classes, which involves tasting six different teas, learning how to brew and properly serve them to guests. Check out The Attic's “Tea Flight” — a sample of three different teas accompanied by a description, taste profile and a list of ingredients.

About a year and a half ago, owner Bill Macier decided to bring something new to the table and a lunch menu was introduced — giving customers more options while at The Attic. “We have one guy who had never set foot in here, his office is a block from here, as soon as we started selling sandwiches he comes here every Friday and gets a sandwich and sits at a table and eats it for his break,” Macier explains. The menu offers cold sandwiches such as ham and cheese or a ham and turkey combo, as well as hot ones like the egg sandwich or a hot ham and cheese Panini. Along with sandwiches, they also offer cheese and hummus plates, soup, oatmeal and various baked goods. Almost all Attic food items are made in-house.

“Our main differentiator is our books,” says Macier. He acquired The Attic nearly eight years ago from the original owner who wanted to have a book store that sold coffee. Macier flipped the idea and turned it into a coffee shop that sold books. The books at Attic appear to be brand new, but are in fact used copies in fine condition. With a collection of varied themes and authors, you're sure to find a book that intrigues. At the end of one of the bookshelves you will find a wall lined with artwork from local artists. “We actively recruit area artists to display their work,” says Macier. The artists leave their own business cards to be contacted for those interested in purchasing local art.

“Coming in here is like walking into a warm hug,” says a frequent customer. Here you will find customers playing a game of chess or checkers, or a book club discussing their latest book. Students can be seen studying for their next big exam. The Attic clientele is made up of people from every age and culture. No one is treated as a stranger when they walk through the doors. The baristas will always say “Hello!” or “Have a good day!” when you leave, even if that means yelling over the espresso machine. Stop in and see for yourself, Macier and his crew are eager to see you.

Your cup is waiting.

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