How could I not immediately fall in love with this coffee shop?
Four-month-old Sola is getting buzz for its great vibe, friendly baristas, and outstanding coffee drinks. Order a latte and you'll be charmed by GM Jared Reasy's artistic designs swirled into the foam.
Nestled in that stretch of 5th Avenue between Scottsdale Road and Stetson (7124 E. 5th Ave.), Sola Coffee Bar
struck me as a refreshingly indie antidote to typically Southwestern-y Old Town businesses nearby. When I stopped by a couple days ago, they were blasting Bright Eyes
-- on vinyl. And they proudly displayed their Cartel Coffee,
delicious boutique java from one of the Valley's top roasters.
If you're up for a snack, they feature pastries from Lux, including cupcakes, scones, muffins, and (of course) coffee cake. Free wi-fi is yet another reason to linger.
And get this: Sola's a non-profit, affiliated with the Old Town Bible Church. In January, all profits and tips went to benefit Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Currently, they're helping the Kate McCrae Fund, which helps a local family pay for medical expenses; their five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Kate has a brain tumor.
Business hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (til 10 p.m. Thursdays, when there's live music).