Photograph by JP Leong
Oakley Square has a lot going for it: a verdant esplanade, a cool old-timey theater, the flagship Dewey’s Pizza, dueling corner pubs, and some of the sweetest kid gear you ever did see. But until very recently, it had no grownup coffee shop. Deeper Roots Coffee has been roasting and distributing coffee to local restaurants and shops (like A Tavola and Collective Espresso) since 2011, and they chose Oakley Square as the location of their first brick-and-mortar shop, which had a soft opening April 1 and will celebrate its official grand opening on Saturday, April 18.
The calm, sunlit space is a huge departure from its former life as the Blue Manatee Decafé, a kid-friendly coffee shop adjoining Blue Manatee Bookstore that, while cute as a button, wasn’t the best place to set up with your laptop (you can still sneak into the bookstore through an interior door).
Owner Les Stoneham and his team pared down the room’s style considerably, adding a mix of traditional decor (like ornate wallpaper) and contemporary elements (like sleek light fixtures) and covering the walls in shades of white and grey.
As you would expect from someone so fully committed to sourcing and roasting the very best coffee, Deeper Roots knows a thing or two about brewing. The coffee menu is a simple list of drip, pour-over, espresso, and cold coffees, plus tea and hot chocolate. And the snacks are as good as snacks get: croissants and cinnamon bread from Frieda’s Desserts in Madeira and toast from Sixteen Bricks with cultured butter, lemon and rosemary, and pink pepper marmalade.
Now that Oakley has its cool-kid coffee shop—complete with locally sourced everything—you can expect to see more cool kids milling about. We suggest you follow them to Deeper Roots.