Southampton has a new neighborhood gathering place. Espresso Yourself Coffee & Cafe debuted on Sept. 30, offering beverages, baked goods and breakfast items.
The concept comes from Tracy Calabro and her sister Jules Karagiannis, who also co-owns The Tenderloin Room at The Chase Park Plaza with her husband, Dino. The siblings completed barista training at Heroes Coffee Co. in Bentonville, Arkansas, together to develop their menu.
“Everyone deserves a great cup of coffee and a smile – that’s our tagline and belief,” Karagiannis says. “This place is really an extension of our homes.”
Espresso Yourself fills an approximately 1,200-square-foot space that was once the home to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. A colorful mixture of vintage furniture makes up the decor, filling the dining area with around 25 seats. The duo’s husbands also constructed a pallet wood facade for the main counter.
To match the eclectic environs, a diverse food and drink menu showcases products from several local purveyors. Espresso and coffee beans come from local roaster Stringbean Coffee Co., and additional suppliers include KomBlu Kombucha, Nosh STL, The Barn, Catherine’s Cakery and Bello’s Bakery.
From the hot drink menu, choose from options such as Greek coffee, tea, hot chocolate and four signature lattes: Delight Mint with frosted mint and dark chocolate; Happy-Go-Lucky with Irish cream and caramel; Skippity-Do-Da with peanut butter, honey and dark chocolate; and Cloud 9 with raspberry and white chocolate. Additional beverages include kombucha on tap and by the bottle, iced coffee and smoothies in flavors such as blueberry-banana or mango.
Food options include housemade soups such as navy bean, tomato bisque and white chili with Northern white beans, green chiles and turkey. Breakfast burritos and breakfast bowls from Nosh STL are also available as well as quiche from The Barn – the latter in varieties such as bacon, mushroom and smoked Gouda.
The selection of sweets includes a signature smiley-face sugar cookie and cake pops from Catherine’s Cakery; Greek cookies from Bello’s Bakery; raspberry bars and salted caramels from Nosh STL; and baklava made by Dino Karagiannis.
“We want to have a comfortable, friendly environment for people to come get some work done, study, meet a friend, have a business meeting or just hang out in,” Calabro says. vWe just want to be the happiest coffee shop in St. Louis.”
Espresso Yourself Coffee & Cafe is open Monday from 7am to 3pm, Wednesday through Saturday from 7am to 3pm and Sunday from 7am to 4pm.
Espresso Yourself Coffee & Cafe, 5351 Devonshire Ave., Southampton, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.349.2277, espressoyourselfcafe.com