There’s a new coffee shop in town for an afternoon pick-me-up, and the perks include more than a good cup of joe.
At Perk Coffee House in Tequesta, which opened in mid-January, owner Megan Woodard is bringing a Southern California vibe to her new home in South Florida, with a focus on nutritional eats and alternative health drinks.
“It’s the way I live,” Woodard said. “It’s the way I’ve raised my children to know that there’s healthier options out there.”
Woodard, her husband and two of her three daughters moved from Los Angeles to Tequesta last year. She opened Perk with the aim of introducing the area to Hollywood’s health kick.
“I think that people do want to be healthy,” she said. “They just might need a little guidance.”
In fact, she’ll be attending the Natural Products Expo on the West Coast next month with plans to bring back new items to the store.
The coffee shop at Gallery Square South currently serves breakfast and lunch and will soon be operating evening hours featuring beer and wine.
For breakfast, guests can order hearty-but-healthy eats like egg white soufflés, quinoa cups, and avocado toast, and at lunchtime, salads are the star. But one of the biggest hits so far has been the California Gold Dust, used for smoothies, lattes and health shots. The mixture is made with anti-inflammatory turmeric blended with ginger and cinnamon.
“I am shocked at the amount I’ve gone through,” Woodward said.
The store also sells jars of the California Gold Dust powder, along with other natural drinks such as Teaonic (herbal tea tonics) and Fire Cider Vinegar, which is sold in shots for an immune system boost or 3 p.m. energy punch.
Still, that doesn’t stop Perk Coffee House from offering mimosas during weekend brunch. (Orange juice has plenty of vitamin C, right?)
And with rustic decor, Wi-Fi access for working guests, and an outdoor patio perfect for those brunch outings, Perk Coffee House is quickly becoming a local hangout.
“They love the feel; they love the energy,” she said. “They just want to sit and hang out, and that’s what we want.”
Hoping to keep Perk a family business, Woodard says she hopes her 20-year-old daughter, who’s still living in L.A., will come back to help run the store. Her 14-year-old, Avery, is already at the coffee house as often as she can be.
“She’s going to be the little Perk ambassador,” Woodard said.
Right now, Perk’s hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, but the coffee house will be starting evening hours Thursday through Saturday in the coming weeks. The shop also plans to host themed dinners, such as vegetarian and tapas nights, in the future.
Perk Coffee House; 384 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta