Editor's Note: Due to a production error, an incomplete version of this article appeared in our July 24 print edition. The full article appears here.
“Great oaks from little acorns grow,” and The Old Oak Coffeehouse in Niwot is no exception. Since its opening in July 2017, the small shop has become deeply rooted within the town and community of Niwot, and now serves as more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee. Though still a fairly new business, The Old Oak (136 2nd Avenue) has quickly become one of the most popular gathering spots in Niwot. Over the past two years, owners Michael Tomich and Patty Machen have continuously worked to improve all aspects of the customer experience, from food, to ambience, to entertainment.
The expansion of both the menu and the ever-aromatic bakery has lead to a wider variety of selections, with a majority of the baked goods being made in-house. Most prevalent and popular is the addition of breakfast sandwiches, with include options such as bacon and cheddar and sausage and swiss. The mixed-berry and cream cheese scones are now a permanent palate holder, but the daily surprise selection of homemade cinnamon rolls, muffins, banana bread, or scotcheroosroos (a Midwestern delicacy), will keep you on your toes.
The art and music scene has continued to flourish. Each month, the work of different local artists decorates the walls of the shop. This current month features Mike Brouse, whose style of choice is bold, modern art. The weekly Saturday night live music has been further enhanced by the recent installation of the open front window, which has allowed for customers enjoying the patio to be more intimately connected to the live music. These performances have been augmented by the creation of Songwriters in the Round. Facilitated by Bruce Rabeler, this event occurs the second Friday of every month, and features various singers and songwriters, as well as an extended happy hour.
Tomich and Machen reflected upon the last two years, stating that what they have come to love most about the Old Oak is “the community, our regular customers, and our great employees,” which has lead to this experience feeling “very much like a huge family.” The Old Oak Coffeehouse looks forward to continuing to extend its branches throughout Niwot and allowing people to fill their cups with coffee, conversation, and commonality.