“I really want to be a stop for the community,” said SipStop Cafe and Community Market owner Anup “Anu” Sippy at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for his Williams Avenue establishment.
Since the cafe’s soft opening on July 22 in Renton, it has become a popular stop that offers a little bit of everything. From fresh coffee and sandwiches, to beer and Korean noodles, to lottery tickets and work gloves, SipStop — named for the owner’s surname — takes a cue from international shops.
“I grew up in Seattle and my family is from India, so the main inspiration was just seeing how things are done in Asian countries and asking ‘why not here?’” said Sippy, 30, who currently lives in Shoreline.
In the time between SipStop’s soft opening and the official launch, Sippy had been acquiring permits that would allow SipStop to offer anything people in the community may need.
“I wanted to have licenses for people to drink beer and hang out here,” said Sippy.
Not only does SipStop offer comfortable seating, dining and convenient items — much like Rain City Market on 3rd Street — it also offers a back area for people to rent work spaces and conference rooms.
As far as the cafe and market’s location, Sippy is excited to be open near Renton’s downtown.
“I always wanted to run a cafe and I was looking everywhere for a location,” he said. “People have been so friendly and welcoming like, people will tell me straight up ‘I want to support your business.’ People know how tough it is for small businesses.”
SipStop Cafe and Community Market is located on 327 Williams Avenue South in Renton. It is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and is closed on Sundays.