Though the shelves lined with dog-eared novels are long gone, fans of Hyde Park Books will find a memento to the used book store in the new coffee shop that occupies 1507 N. 13th St. Hyde Perk repurposed those shelves and used them to cover the walls of the light and airy cafe.
"It was a six-month renovation," said co-owner Crystal Clark. "It was a lot of work, construction-wise, to get it torn down and put back together."
Hyde Perk quietly opened its doors on Dec. 10. The space features large front windows that let in streams of light, along with tables topped with repurposed wood. There's also a large black-and-white mural of 13th Street by local artist Sarah Terrell and framed chalkboards for kids to doodle on.
"I just really want a comfy, welcoming environment; cozy for everybody," said Clark. "I don't care if it's moms with kids—I have a kids' corner—or if it's people studying in college, I just want everybody to be welcome."
Clark owns the shop with her brother, Levi Jones, and father, Scott Jones. A longtime barista, Clark relocated to Boise from Spokane, Wash., to open the coffee shop. Hyde Perk uses beans from Spokane roaster Waverly's Coffee and makes an assortment of classic drinks—like lattes, mochas and Americano's—on its La Marzocco espresso machine.
Besides coffee, the cafe also offers pastries and snacks from local artisans, including fresh-baked Heritage scones, Blue Feather Bakery hand-pies in flavors like lemon curd and mixed berry, Sweet Valley cookies and gluten-free treats from Amaru Confections.
Hyde Perk is open 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday; and 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday.
In other coffee news, BoDo will soon be home to a new multi-roaster coffeeshop, Slow by Slow Coffee Bar, which plans to open Monday, Jan. 23 at 403 S. Eighth St., next to Fresh Off the Hook.
"I worked at Flying M Coffeegarage for nine years; I was their roaster," said Joe Shafer, who co-owns the shop with his wife, Diana. "It's going to be more of what you would see in a big city with pour-overs; we have a high-end espresso machine—a Synesso Cyncra with wood accents."
The Shafers, who formerly owned Nampa boutique The White Pine, will source beans from roasters around the country and will also offer Idaho options like Flying M Coffee, Neckar Coffee and Sandpoint's Evans Brothers.
"Our primary roaster is going to be Ritual Roasters from San Francisco, but we're going to have Heart Roasters from Portland, Ore., which is kind of the national standard right now," said Joe. "And Elm Roasters from Seattle, they're up-and-coming. All these guys, they roast in ways we could never even imagine in Boise."
Patrons can pick which coffee they'd prefer for their pour-overs and espresso drinks. Slow by Slow will also offer some pastries and a cold case filled with a few high-end prepared drinks, like Cuvee's nitro cold brew, but the Shafers plan to focus primarily on coffee.
"We think that that's what limits a lot of people when they're first starting out, and just in general," said Joe. "Coffee people tend to do all this other stuff—like, 'let's do art'—and then the coffee suffers."
Joe says the vibe will be "industrial modern" with brushed steel and "well-cut, clean-looking wood" furniture.
"We have open ceilings and wood floors. ... Our seating is going to be more cafe-style, where there are big tables that you share with everybody instead of a bunch of little tables," he said.
Overall, the Shafers said they want to add some variety to the local coffee market.
"Boise has a very loyalist coffee following—where, 'Oh, I'm a Dawson Taylor person' or, 'I'm a Flying M person.' We want to break that and get people to just enjoy coffee no matter where it's from."
In closing news, Kindness, The Owyhee restaurant known for offering "kicked-up" comfort food classics, closed for dinner Jan. 1. Owners Anna and Michael Tapia plan to continue serving their popular brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays through March. After that, the couple will focus completely on their catering business.
"Our catering business has grown so much that I can't really be stretched as thin as I have been," said Chef Anna. "So for me it'll work out a lot better. The restaurant will close; I'll be able to focus on the catering business and the events that we have here at The Owyhee."
According to Anna, the catering business "ended up covering for the shortcomings in the restaurant's income." Moving forward, Kindness will also host parties on the building's penthouse patio.
"It's sad for us to close the restaurant; we really love it," said Anna. "But it's also exciting for us as a family and as a business because we've grown so big in the catering portion of it. So it'll be a good change."
Though no tenant is confirmed to take over the high-ceilinged space, Owyhee General Manager Thomas Felter said they are currently in negotiations.
"We're definitely searching for an additional restaurant user to take the space," said Felter. "We're pretty open to whatever opportunities arise."