Joe Davis is opening the neighborhood’s newest coffee shop within the next two weeks—just in time for smoothie season.
, an eclectic hang-out spot located off the beaten path of Regent Square’s business district on the street it is named for, will be packed with creative minds, fair-trade coffee, international beads and artifacts.
The chalkboard outside states, “REALLY soon,” for those anticipating the new neighborhood spot’s opening day.
Davis, who previously owned a coffee shop on Craig Street in Oakland, said he is looking forward to finally being open after a slew of permits through Wilkinsburg borough slowed the process.
He expects the final occupancy permit—which already is approved—to be in his hand within days. Shortly after, he’ll open the doors at the corner of Trenton and Biddle avenues.
“I am excited to see who comes in,” Davis said. “It’s all about word of mouth.”
Biddle’s Escape has an open-air feel as a large garage door opens a whole side of the space to the outdoor patio. A scarlet and black carpet covers the outside of the coffee bar, while solid walls of red and bright yellow are painted in the room.
Another wall features exposed brick, while the back area of the shop will hold beads from around the world. Davis said the bead aspect of the business will grow after the coffee side is established.
Davis also said he is in the process of hiring a barista for the shop. Smoothies, Italian soda, two different coffees and a decaf will be offered daily.
Commonplace Roasters is taking care of roasting the beans for Biddle’s Escape.
“We are bringing in all fair-trade beans from Nicaragua and Costa Rica—the cash will go directly to the farmer,” Davis said.
He said the shop’s first patrons can look forward to an enjoyable atmosphere.
“There’s not another coffee shop like this,” he said.
Biddle's Escape is located at 401 Biddle Ave.