What are some of your favorite coffees you’ve had from Parlor to date? I’m excited about the Ethiopians! They are my favorite. They have this fruitness and such smooth acidity. Its very soothing acidity. Thats what I feel when I drink an Ethiopian from Parlor. It’s beautiful. It has everything that makes coffee really good.Do you feel well received by the neighborhood? I think so! I hope so. We have a ton of regulars, people we see everyday. Customers tell us that we are doing a good job.. So, I think people are happy we are around. Our coffee shop is our place we connect with people. How are you planning on celebrating your first birthday?! Probably a small party with some local people, friends. We are just going to appreciate our loyal customers. People have been so supportive.
How would you describe Anchor to someone who has never been? What is your shop about? We serve good quality coffee with good customer service. We really want to be friendly. ITs really easy to say Hi, Thank you. We just want to be part of the neighborhood.Your shop has such great style! Is there anyone who is particularly responsible? Nami and I have selected all the furniture, we designed everything by ourselves. We painted it… The contractor is a good friend of mine so he was able to bring this space into reality from my sketch. A friend of mine is a graphic designer and he did all the painted signs. Our partner designed the logo. Everything is made by friends.
How did you come up with the name Anchor? Everyone here is Japanese. We are all from different places all over Japan but somehow we have all ended up here in Brooklyn! So we chose the name Anchor because we all feel we have let our anchor down here in BK.
Who is your staff comprised of? How did you all find each other? Our team is based from our music backgrounds. A bunch of us are in the same bands! We’ve all known each other for over 10 years as bandmates. Our team is our friends.
What are some of your plans for the future? Just focusing on one company. Just want to focus on the shop – making good coffee with the help of Parlor. That’s my future plan. Nowadays people go looking for major financers and expansion. I’m just trying to manage our one little shop – it takes a lot of hard work.