Sherman Perk coffee shop celebrates milestone

Business has been in neighborhood 15 years
Posted at 7:30 AM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 08:30:17-04

The Sherman Perk coffee shop is celebrating 15 years in business.

Owner Bob Olin says running his business in the neighborhood has been a blast.

"It was totally about the community. I'm not a good example of a coffee shop guy, I just like plain coffee. But neighborhood needed a welcoming safe place. What better than a neighborhood coffee shop," Olin said.

Sherman Perk is located at 49th street and Roosevelt, the site of a former gas station built in 1939.

Olin has lived in the neighborhood since the 1980s.

He says the idea of a coffee shop was good news for area residents.

"We were wonderfully embraced. We have a very eclectic neighborhood, we are home to the county's largest orthodox Jewish population, we made sure our beverages were kosher," Olin said.

It's not only a love of latte and locally made treats that attract folks from all over. Bill Whitlow has been coming here since it opened.

"I get a chance to meet a lot of people, experience a lot of personalities," Whitlow said.

Sherman Perk is even on the national register of historic landmarks.

"It's a unique property in a unique location. It's a streamline moderne  architecture which was in vogue in the late '30s," Olin said.

Fans hope Sherman Perk will be fueling folks with caffeine for many years to come.

"At least exist another 15 years, that would be my wish for the Sherman coffee shop!" Whitlow said.

The owner agrees.

"We hope to be here as long as people are satisfied with our product and service," Olin said.

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