Does anyone who loves coffee ever tire of discovering new cafes? It's safe to say that the answer is probably no. After all, they're the perfect place to instantly change your mood for the better without breaking the bank or traveling far. Immediately, you can enter into a space that exudes warmth yet is cool, is new yet feels old, and often feeds the soul as much as it does the stomach. A coffee house is, for lack of a better description, an experience. All independently owned coffee houses tell us what's important to their owners. If you want an excellent example of what I'm talking about, visit Smithville and Co. in Loomis. As the town's newest business, it's creating a buzz that has nothing to do with caffeine and everything to do with being unique. Read on to learn about the fun and exciting Smithville and Co.
Holding Onto the Past while Creating a Great Future
Nothing makes me happier than walking into a new establishment and getting an instant positive impression. On my first visit to Smithville and Co., I admit I arrived with curiosity as my guide. Fortunately for me, one of Smithville and Co.'s owners was present and available to chat. I learned that this delightful coffee house was the brainchild of two friends eager to open a business on Loomis' main street. Ironically, they were looking at a restaurant space across the street from Smithville and Co when both turned around and saw what a building that was the former home of a smog shop was. For those of us who grew up in the area, we can give great kudos to Smithville and Co.'s owners for their vision. After all, the location they revitalized didn't scream out its potential for anything but an automotive business. I don't know what was in this location before it was a smog shop, but judging from its looks, I can picture it as a gas station. I couldn't imagine it as a coffee house, but after checking it out, I'm sure glad the Smithville and Co. owners did picture it that way.
Now just as interesting as how the owners had the vision to use this space is why they named it Smithville. It's fitting that people who were inspired by the nostalgic vibe of a building would also look back to get inspiration for its name. Smithville was one of Loomis' names. From 1862 to 1869, Loomis was called Smithville in honor of a prominent local figure named L. G. Smith. The owners of Smithville and Co. have done a great job of conveying their appreciation for Loomis' history along with their admiration of the community it's become. The building still has its original footprint and architectural elements; therefore, it's a visual blend of the past with today's more contemporary feel. While renovating the building, a wall was left uncovered long enough for people to write their sentiments and well wishes on it. Another show of their love of the community is by starting a “card cart” movement. Their team of workers hit the streets of Loomis every day and slip notes of encouragement on parked cars. In the short time Smithville and Co. has been opened, they’ve already received positive feedback on this practice's impact.
Inside, there's a great use of space that feels airy, and open yet cozy. And the décor is pure Loomis. As you enter the front door, a sign over the door assures you that "you belong here." Indoors, the owners' sentiments are prominently displayed with a neon light that says, "Loomis stole my heart." Everywhere you look, there are touches of affection and positivity. And because of the building's location and design, you feel you've gone back in time with everything good about today. After ordering your delicious treats, please sit in front of the expansive front window and spend some time watching downtown Loomis at its finest.
Smalltown Goodness From Afar
Smithville and Co. provides nothing but the best. From freshly baked sweets to unique coffee concoctions, if it's at Smithville and Co., you can rest assured that it's the best. Along with its substantial coffee and tea offerings, Smithville and Co. carries an exciting selection of ETNA products. If you're like me, I'd never heard of ETNA brewery. It turns out that Etna Brewing Company of Northern California has been creating handcrafted beer since 1872.
Etna is a tiny town in the northernmost part of California, somewhere between Yreka and Callahan. This award-winning product found its way to Loomis because Etna is one of the Smithville and Co.'s owner's hometown. This product is only sold in select locations and is always highly rated by those who enjoy a handcrafted beer; Smithville and Co. is the only place in the entire region you can find ETNA beer. It pairs well with the live entertainment Smithville and Co. is committed to providing. While you can purchase some great meals there, the menu is ever expanding at Smithville and Co. And everything made at Smithville and Co. is created in its most nutritionally sound version of itself. All shakes contain protein powder added to the fresh ingredients and almond milk. The bakery section contains several gluten-free options, and the day I was there, a Korean rice bowl had just been added to the menu. From what I understand, the offerings will continue to grow. Even with its current menu, Smithville and Co. is a beautiful place to go for a solo cup of coffee or meet with friends for snacks and a beer. Check it out for yourself; I know you'll love it. Smithville and Co. is sure to become yet another Loomis gem, located just a stone's throw from several other excellent eateries.
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Smithville and Co.
3637 Taylor Rd.
Loomis, CA, 95650
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Closed on Sundays.