I've had many a free cup of Overflow coffee. Brandon and Amanda Neely, the good-hearted and do-gooder entrepreneurs and South Loop residents who have created the now-finished large coffeehouse/coffee bar at 1550 S. State have been giving their coffee away at neighborhood events for months and months. But they are officially open as of this past weekend and the coffee is just as delicious as it was when it was free.
It was a long haul getting everything built out in their Daystar Center space. Everything had to be just right--for the Neelys and for the city--before the cash register (which for the moment only takes cash, but that will change asap) could ring up sales; sales not only to provide a living for the Neelys but also to treat coffee growers fairly and to help other socially worthy causes
I really enjoyed my rich chocolate muffin made by Sweet Miss Giving's
with my large coffee to go just a few hours ago. Other pastries in the new location are made by Flourish Bakery
. And the Neelys are working on a nice carryout menu that should be ready shortly. The space is huge and bright and airy. The Neelys have many plans to attract customers and to become a neighborhood institution
All in all, this is quite a lovely spot--and almost a mile roundtrip from my house at Roosevelt and State, All the better to walk off a few of the muffin calories in the now nice weather.
Stop in. Have a cup. A muffin. A cookie. A piece of pie. Money well spent.
And by the way, the Neelys plan to have a grand opening
weekend after next.
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