B-Side Coffee steps up to save Oak Cliff Dallas from caffeine crisis
When Peaberry closed after a short five months to consolidate their efforts, Whitney and Caleb Marsh, owners of the shop and Peaberry’s former landlords, decided to pursue their love for coffee and leverage the space they had already in fact renovated. Whitney is an interior designer and Caleb is a project manager in commercial construction. As local residents, the couple has a deep commitment to the neighborhood.
They're planning to open the doors in early February.
The name B-Side pays tribute to the location's longtime history as a recording studio. But it will be double the size of what Peaberry was, since the owners have added the space next door.
“We want to make it a place where people of all ages want to come and gather, stay a little while," Whitney says.
This vision includes a play area for kids, with soft mats, games and coloring stations for all ages.
“We are all about family," she says. "First and foremost, we are parents, and we want to offer a space for families to relax, have a coffee while their kids play."
They are still fine tuning their menu, but will be offering a classic coffee selection, partnering with Big Bend Coffee Roasters in Marfa as the only shop in Dallas that carries their brand.
Their food menu will include sandwiches made in house, as well as pastries from local bakeries.
“We want to stay hyper local with our food vendors, to support the neighborhood," Whitney says.
The menu will also include kid-friendly food and drinks.
With their location next door to Herby’s Burgers, which already has significant traffic, B-Side Coffee will stay open later than typical coffee shop, to offer desserts for people in the area. Oak Cliff Yoga is on that same block, too, and indie coffee shop Slow and Steady, which opened in November, is just down the street. Their planned hours are 6:30 am to 7 pm.
“We are big into the community, and we know what our neighbors want and need. We want to provide a comfy space, welcoming, not intimidating, where people of all ages can come as they are”, Whitney says.