Press Release: Saige Coffee House Announces New Location at Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties
Saige Coffee House will bring a new cafe to The Schmidt’s Commons in mid-winter of 2018. This new food and drink offering is not just a coffee house, but a warm and unique environment designed to be inspirational, inviting and productive. This vision compliments the other innovative food, drink and lifestyle offerings at The Schmidt’s Commons that cater to entrepreneurs and millenials, such as WeWork, DGX and Urban Village Brewing Company.
Coffee will be sourced from Red House Roasters. Speciality drinks will include cold brew on tap; Nitro Cold Brew; fruit infused, hand-crafted iced teas; single origin pour overs; all different types of lattes; herbal hot teas; and hand-crafted vegetable and fruit smoothies. The menu will include a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches, paninis and salads – available all day from open to close.
At Saige, we are committed to using the best possible ingredients in everything we serve. We seek out local, natural, and sustainable ingredients. We only serve our guests signature ground coffee, locally grown fresh produce, and naturally antibiotic free meat and poultry. We strive to maintain a healthy quality meal to each and every one of our customers.
Furthermore, we are passionate about creating an environment where customers have a sense of belonging and feel inspired to be part of a truly wonderful experience. Specifically, Saige is extraordinary because of the avid support and partnership with community educators and students. Our mission is to foster an environment that promotes creativity and the arts. The Saige experience moves beyond our food and coffee, and offers a platform where community members and students’ talents are displayed and cultivated inclusive of music, poetry, and art. Saige promotes the arts by displaying student or local artist work in the cafe, acoustic nights, or poetry slams and reading. The collaborative relationship that Saige establishes with the community, students, educators, and universities is what makes Saige exceptional.
Ehsan Wahdat, CEO Saige Café
ANTICIPATED OPENING DATE:
CAPACITY AND SEATING:
Approximately 35 inside at both counter, table and couch seating. Additional seating will be added when the weather gets warmer later in spring.
ANTICIPATED DAYS/ HOURS:
Seven days a week, with hours to be determined. The cafe will open early for breakfast and lunch and stay open into mid-evening. Stay tuned for exact hours.
FOOD AND DRINK:
“We want customers to have a full and quality experience – with a focus on four key areas: coffee, food, ambiance and service,” said Wahdat. “We want to offer an authentic coffee house experience that goes beyond pastries and food being brought in, to offering top of the line products that keep customers coming back over and over.”
All of menu items are prepared on site. Saige has an exclusive partnership with Red House Roasters, and this is where all of the coffee comes from. Speciality drinks include cold brew on tap; Nitro Cold Brew; fruit infused, hand-crafted iced teas; single origin pour overs; all different types of lattes; herbal hot teas; and hand-crafted vegetable and fruit smoothies. The menu will include a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches, paninis and salads – available all day from open to close.
Saige’s mission is to create collaborative relationships and partnerships with local businesses and business owners to help invigorate any area Saige calls home.
“I have always been passionate about the service industry, and I wanted to create a place where people can gather and feel comfortable and inspired,” said Wahdat. “I feel there is a need for incredible coffee that is not mass produced. I am passionate about good coffee that is grown in all parts of the world, and I have always wanted to share that with consumers. All in all, good coffee is never mass produced and I want to share that with others.”
Saige build-outs are very industrial looking, but with a very warm feeling. Artwork displayed at Saige will be from local artists. The style is always inclusive of warm tones to help create a unique environment. All of the lighting and furniture is unique, yet very comfortable. There will be couches, comfortable chairs and tables with a rustic flare.
“Work has already begun on the inside and we felt it was important to clear the space down to the walls and start from scratch to let our aesthetic and vision shine,” added Wahdat.
WHY NORTHERN LIBERTIES AND THE SCHMIDT’S COMMONS?
“The Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia is attractive because it is such an up-and-coming neighborhood that we feel Saige will fit in beautifully,” said Wahdat. “We want to provide a place that will add another layer of creativity and comfort to this beautiful area.”
He added, “The Schmidt’s Commons is a dynamic place to live, work, and enjoy some of the most beautiful culture of the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Saige’s commitment to serving food and beverage with the best locally grown ingredients, as well as providing a platform for creativity and inspiration, are the reasons we will fit in perfectly in this thriving, vigorous location. We look forward to opening day!”
QUOTE FROM PROPERTY MANAGER
“”We are thrilled to welcome Saige Coffee House. We are excited that Saige and CEO Ehsan Wahdat have decided to expand and bring their brand to The Schmidt’s Commons. This is also part of a larger food story for the Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons as this is one of five food and drink oriented new leases in less than 24 months. We are thrilled to add even more quality food and drink options to Northern Liberties as part of our continued evolution and next chapter,” said The Schmidt’s Commons Proprerty Manage Sean Gavin.
SAIGE CAFE OTHER LOCATIONS AND EXPANSION:
There are currently five Saige Cafe locations. Saige plans to expand in the near future, with the Northern Liberties location being one of several new locations planned. The new Jackson location opened just this week. Future locations will be Old City Philadelphia, Center City Philadelphia, Red Bank New Jersey, Marlboro New Jersey, New Brunswick New Jersey and Asbury Park New Jersey.
1802 North Warnock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Telephone: (267) 398-9443
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1631 Wallace Street @ N 17th St.
Telephone: (267) 398-9443
25 full and part time positions
For more information, visit https://www.saigecafe.co
WHAT IS NEXT/ EVOLUTION OF THE SCHMIDT’S COMMONS
Saige Coffee House is one of six new leases in under two years, and is a shining example of the continued evolution of the the Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons. This week, The Schmidt’s Commons also shared news of the opening of Orangetheory Fitness, coming January 5, 2018.
In 2016, Kushner Companies launched a rebranding for the Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons property that showcased the property as a top spot in Philadelphia to live, work and play. New leases and special events would focus on evolving the property and its role with the surrounding neighborhood. The Schmidt’s Commons brought on a full-time events coordinator to help execute the new direction who is dedicated to creating a more vibrant community for the residents, as well as locals from surrounding neighborhoods. The new coordinator also started the process of highly curating the events to ensure they are a match for the residents and for the neighbors.
Since the re-brand, The Schmidt’s Commons has launched a host of new weekly, monthly and one-time events, as well as welcomed three new tenants.
The Schmidt’s Commons saw the opening of Philadelphia’s first WeWork location, Landmark Americana’s Urban Village Brewing Company, and Dollar General’s smaller-format millennial-focused convenience brand DGX. In 2018, Orangetheory Fitness wil
On top of lease news, The Schmidt’s Commons continues to be home to signature events like Preakness at the Piazza and the 2nd Street Festival. This past year, The Schmidt’s Commons also hosted the 76ers Official NBA Draft Party, Bacon and Beer Festival, Battle of the Burger, Beard Festival, Halloween Movie Marathon, Hound-o-Ween, and many other festivals and events.
Weekly and monthly programming has diversified and expanded to include First Friday Salsa Nights, Makers’ Markets, Local Libations Gardens, Movie Nights, Live at Schmidt’s concerts, do-it-yourself succulent workshops, beer gardens and much more.
For a full list of businesses and events at the The Schmidt’s Commons visit the website at www.theschmidtscommons.com.
ABOUT SCHMIDT’S COMMONS:
Opened on May 15, 2009, this beautifully landscaped 80,000 square foot open-air district is located on 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue in Northern Liberties. The Schmidt’s Commons is made up of 8 unique residential buildings, 140,000 SF of retail and commercial space, and the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, an 80,000 SF central plaza where events are hosted all year round. From concerts to free festivals, vendor markets, screening events, dance performances, and live broadcasts of sporting events, the Commons has something for everyone. At the head of the plaza is an 800 SF permanent stage and a HD 400 SF Daktronics LED screen. Expect to see all Philadelphia sports games playing on the Jumbotron year round. All are welcome!
Kushner is a diversified real estate organization headquartered in New York City. The company is involved in the ownership, management, development and redevelopment of numerous properties. Kushner’s national reach consists of more than 20,000 multifamily apartments as well as 13 million square feet of office, hotel, industrial and retail space throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. For more information, please visit www.kushner.com.