June 30, 2022

Coffee shop on New York’s Fire Island celebrates Pride by giving back to community

FIRE ISLAND, New York — When it comes to New York’s Fire Island, the seaside and the community are the massive attracts, particularly so for members of the homosexual community who’ve discovered havens in Cherry Grove and the Pines.

Randy Lauwasser started his journeys to the Pines in 1985 whereas his husband, Jim Skicki, adopted swimsuit in 2003 when he and Randy started courting.

“I came out here from the Midwest and to me, it was like a fairy tale place,” Lauwasser mentioned.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, they headed to their Fire Island residence, the place the concept for BeachBreak Coffee was born.

“Beach break is a surfing term, it’s where the wave breaks over a sandbar and that’s what we have here and also of course, it refers to a coffee breaks,” Skicki mentioned.

Their beans are roasted in Savannah, Georgia and floor of their residence on Fire Island with varieties named for the communities.

“We have a Pines which is Guatemalan, we have a Cherry Grove which is Colombian, we have a Lighthouse Espresso blend,” Skicki mentioned.

The merchandise are distributed in true Fire Island vogue.

“We distribute up and down Fire Island. I have my e-bike and that’s opened up the distribution part of it,” Lauwasser mentioned.

Due to sure industrial restrictions on the island, they have not been in a position to open their dream café, however shops off and on the island inventory their product.

That features Denizen, which opened final summer time.

“I love their branding. They have an incredible story, they have an incredibly rich business background with their expertise and that they bring into their new business,” proprietor Ryan Espinosa mentioned.

Ryan Espinosa was blissful to promote BeachBreak as a result of it pays homage to the place he loves.

There’s now a Pride model, a part of the proceeds this month going to assist two artists residency applications on Fire Island.

“It gives us an opportunity to give back to the community which is wonderful,” Lauwasser mentioned.

The NYC Pride March broadcast particular, co-hosted by Angelica Ross together with WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion, will return for its sixth consecutive yr on ABC 7 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, June 26 as effectively on abc7NY.com, ABC Information Stay, and ABC7 New York’s Linked TV Apps on streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku