The Purdy area has a new, family-friendly coffee stand.
Sean Watson and Dave Morris recently opened Peninsula Perk near the Purdy spit, in the Bridgeway Market parking lot, to address the absence of quality coffee in the area.
“I was driving by the site two years ago and it hit me,” Watson said. “It took about a year with permitting.”
Watson, a real estate veteran currently working at Keller Williams Realty in Gig Harbor, said the only nearby coffee stand is a bikini barista stand, which he said doesn’t appeal to a large portion of the area’s demographic.
“In all seriousness, there is not a huge (amount of) support of that stand in our community,” Watson said. “We identify ourselves as a family-friendly stand.”
The community’s response has been overwhelmingly positive and business projections have been exceeded early on, Watson said.
“Anytime I’m at the stand, people say, ‘Thank you so much for opening this. We really needed it,’” Watson said.
Some people might think the name is a playful adaptation of the fictitious coffee shop Central Perk, from the popular sitcom “Friends.” Watson said he didn’t even realize that until after the stand opened.
“It’s funny ... I didn’t realize that until someone mentioned that,” Watson said. “I love ‘Friends.’ But we chose ‘Peninsula’ just for identification on the peninsula and ‘Perk’ just for coffee. It’s a name we could take to another stand without any confusion, if we wanted to open another one. We just wanted to identify with the peninsula.”
The company’s goal is to make a consistent cup of coffee. Watson’s personal favorite is the white chocolate mocha frappacino. Peninsula Perk sources its coffee from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, a fair-trade roaster based in Olympia.
“A couple years ago, I ran across that coffee,” Watson said. “It’s nice and light, creamy and delicious.”
While Watson admits he’s probably been drinking a little too much coffee since the stand opened, he’s thrilled with the response and hopes people will continue to stop by the double-window stand.
“Whenever I’m doing a delivery or checking in, the peninsula folks are so excited about having it there,” Watson said. “We have dog bones for dogs and suckers for the kids. I love to give the dog bones to the dogs. … It’s a need that was needed. It really is nice to see people really happy to have that service there.”