Tyra Wu ’19
Assistant Features Editor
While Northampton has a number of coffee shops, The Roost is certainly a favorite of Smithies. With its lively atmosphere and plentiful menu, the Roost is a great place to do work, catch up with a friend or bring a date.
On Saturday afternoon a couple friends and I decided to break the monotony of studying by doing our work at The Roost. When we arrived at around 1 p.m., The Roost was busy with nearly all the tables filled. After reading over the extensive menu, I decided to try the Smoothie Criminal. My two friends were more in the mood for coffee, so they ordered a vanilla latte and mocha.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my smoothie. My friends also enjoyed their coffees. Although The Roost was filled with the sounds of conversation and background music, it wasn’t too loud to distract us from our homework. The Roost attracts a wide variety of customers; there were several families chatting, as well as many people working on their laptops.
The decor of The Roost is very aesthetically pleasing. The large windows allow for plenty of natural light. In addition, there are string lights hanging throughout the cafe creating ambient light. Potted plants hang throughout the room. The overall atmosphere of The Roost is very relaxed.
The Roost opened in 2007 with the help of Adam Dunetz and Liz Karney, owners of The Green Bean and Sticks and Bricks. Together, the pair set out to create the perfect neighborhood café where customers can play cards, go on a date or have a meeting.
The Roost serves coffee, smoothies and tea. In addition to a plethora of drinks, The Roost serves everything from breakfast and lunch to treats like cakes and cookies. Their menu also includes several gluten-free and vegan items including vegan cookies and vegan chocolate-covered cherry cake. Most drinks range from around two to five dollars. Lunch options range from five to ten dollars. In addition, The Roost hosts a range of themed nights including movie nights, Valentine’s Day Karaoke and a New Year’s Eve midnight party.
Overall, The Roost provides a great place to go if you are looking to get away from campus for a bit or to just enjoy coffee with friends.