Saugatuck, it seems, has it all.
Except a coffee house.
Sure, there’s Dunkin’ Donuts. Commuter Coffee. Cocoa Michelle. But — since the demise of Doc’s — there is no funky, inviting place where you can grab some joe, grab a seat, then sit and yak as long as you’d like.
Or put on headphones, open up your laptop, and get to work.
Soon — assuming she gets past the permitting process — Chloe Sloat will open Saugatuck’s newest coffee shop.
With an added twist: tutoring.
Coffee + Pi — cute, huh? — is the brainchild of the 2005 Staples (and 2009 Bryn Mawr) graduate. After working with plenty of Westport students — often at the Barnes & Noble cafe, which (with the library) is the go-to spot for tutoring these days — Chloe thought: Why not open up my own spot?
Fortuitously, her father owns a building: 601 Riverside Avenue. The storefront next to Tutti’s has been vacant for a while.
There will be organic coffee, tea and pastries in the morning. Then — in the afternoon — coffee, tea and healthy snacks. Parents can relax upstairs, while their kids receive math, English and SAT tutoring down below.
First though, Chloe needs to get that basement rezoned. Right now it’s designated as office space. In Westport, she says, tutoring is allowed in “retail” spaces only.
Then, Coffee + Pi will be in business.
If the food and beverages are as good — and the tutoring as clever — as the name, she’ll earn an A+.