Arts & Entertainment Editor
This article is also available in print: Quaker Campus, Volume 19 — Issue 1, dated Aug. 24, 2021, on the Whittier College campus.
On the corner of Greenleaf and Bailey lives Lift Coffee, a chill and plant-filled coffee shop. The warm smell of coffee wafts through the store with a plank wall, a tile wall, and a brick wall, which you might think would throw you off, but it adds to the cozy atmosphere. They recently partnered with Mod House Plants, an indoor garden in Riverside, Calif., and you can often find plants occupying the left-hand corner of the shop that are available for purchase.
Like most businesses, Lift was affected by the pandemic. They were open during the whole pandemic, but it was slower than usual. However, earlier this year, they got new ownership, which added a few new things. They replaced the shop’s decorations, and they implemented a breakfast food program; now, they serve typical breakfast foods! If you have some time to kill before morning classes, you can grab a breakfast sandwich filled with hashbrowns, bacon, and egg in a toasty bun. They enforce social distancing, with their tables and chairs being six feet apart, and require face masks to be worn when not eating and drinking.
Despite the pandemic restrictions, they still found ways to partner with local businesses and get involved with the community. In December 2020, Friendly Hills Farm hosted their first pop-up shop in Lift Coffee. They sold butter lettuce, salad mix, cilantro, carrots, dill, and limes. There were chefs from Auntie’s Cafe on Greenleaf Avenue and Four Bricks Pizza Co. on Greenleaf that gave live demonstrations of their produce. They continued with their pop-up shops at Lift until the beginning of this month. The farm is wrapping up their growing production for the season, but, don’t worry, they’ll be back soon!
Another way Lift gets involved with the community is through an event called Cars and Coffee, which happens once a month on a Sunday. They host @courtesy.vlogs on Instagram, who show up with cool cars. During their May 24 event, the first 10 people to show up got a special sticker, a keychain, and free coffee!
If you have free time before, after, or in-between classes, I highly recommend Lift Coffee. One of my favorites is their Lavender Latte. I’ve had my fair share of lavender lattes, and, honestly, they’re one of the harder lattes to do. The lavender flavor can either be too strong, or can be easily overpowered by the coffee. Lift’s lavender latte is neither! As you take a sip, a pleasant lavender flavor hits your tongue, followed by the smooth espresso flavor. Lift also serves cappuccinos, cortados (half milk, half espresso), and mochas. If you’re not feeling coffee, no worries! They offer black, green, white, and herbal teas, as well as hot chocolate and chai lattes. If you need vegetarian/vegan milk alternatives, you can switch out the whole milk with hemp, oat, or almond milk.
With two years’ worth of college students new to Whittier, Lift is a great introduction to uptown businesses.
Featured Image: Sage Amdahl / Quaker Campus