Grace Gammello, Correspondent
Wild Iris Coffeehouse & Bakery has an eccentric, industrial feel with low-hanging lights and reflective, framed mirrors lining the walls. Themed purple and green, even the chairs sport these funky colors. Booths line the walls, and there are plenty of tables. The high ceilings, boasting exposed wooden beams, collect the acoustics into a low hum. Alternative and folk music is played. Wild Iris, situated just off downtown at 124 S. Granite Street, is hidden within a courtyard and is a go-to for any coffee shop fanatic. Outdoors meets the indoors here—there are plants inside, and there is access to seating space in the courtyard, which is complete with tables and fountains. This coffee place is right on Granite Creek, and the waterside trails are a simple few steps away. After your morning coffee, you can wander the paths under the trees.
Although they boast micro-roaster Rococo Coffee Roasting single-origin coffee and specialty blends from Washington, it’s not the only thing Wild Iris specializes in. They also offer a full tea selection, including white, green, black, oolong, and herbal teas. If you order in-house, they’ll provide you with large mugs and plates for a full dining experience. They also have seasonal menus; right now, pumpkin spice, toasted marshmallow, and maple nut are fantastic fall options. Hot chocolate is also available. In addition to drinks, Wild Iris also offers a full food menu. They specialize in baked goods and pastries, and each year they win the Gavin Award for Coffeehouse Bakery Excellence due to their homemade quiches. Pick a truffle from their glass jar selection, or order a panini with fresh, homemade soup on the side. They have new specials every day.
This coffee shop has been open for nine years this month. Founders David and Julie built the place back in November 2007, and the eclectic name spawned from personal inspiration. Julie’s great aunt loved irises, and the couple agreed the name “Wild Iris” was both a beautiful name and held great familial significance. Today, the coffee shop offers a great atmosphere for relaxing, meeting up, and work—each day, the place is littered with people engrossed among papers and computers. It’s a college student’s heaven: great coffee, working atmosphere, and pastries! Wild Iris is open everyday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. They also take special orders for events. Head online to their website, [wildiriscoffee.com], for further details.