Seattle Small Business Shout-Out — Tougo Coffee Co.
February 8, 2008
Today, I salute my local beverage bodega, Tougo Coffee Co., located at 18th Ave. and E. Union, just across from T.T. Minor Elementary. Tougo, which opened up in March 2007, serves excellent sippables and teatime snacks, and is committed to sustainable business practices and to fostering community. For example:
Tougo offers compostable to-go cups and other biodegradable vessels in which to transport your java and your doughnut. Neat, right? Their space says sustainable, too: the ceiling sports seven kinds of reclaimed, century-old wood, set in a wild beadboard pattern. Plus, Tougo’s walls are covered in low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, and their light fixtures are illumined by low-energy bulbs.
As for community, Tougo sponsors midday, kid-centered story hours; trots out a rotating gallery of locally produced art; and hosts Mommy Mondays, a weekly discussion group for parents.
The best part, though? Owner Brian and his team, the most genial folks you’d ever care to meet. Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.
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