Compassion and love are just two of the ingredients found in a cup of joe from Pink Coffee.
Pink Coffee opened Monday in Garland and already has people coming from all over the Dallas area to take pictures on the pink flower wall. Kayla Johnson, 20, is a partner in the company and was originally hired by owners Joseph Sung and Joe Kim to help design the space. She runs the social media accounts for the store, manages the store with co-partner Mary Kim, and designed the store’s aesthetic.
When Johnson lived in Hawaii, she says there was a shaved ice shop that had big, rainbow wings painted on the wall, and tourists and locals would go just to take pictures. She wanted something similar to draw people into Pink Coffee and says the influence that has on a business is big these days.
“That’s what I wanted to do with our environment,” Johnson says. “Just create something where people could tag it and it would be a thing.”
The space, she says, is meant to embody the word pink. The environment is student- and work-friendly, the University of Texas at Dallas student says. Johnson is majoring in finance and marketing at the university and says the classes she takes directly apply to running the coffee shop.
“The meaning behind Pink is compassion and friendship and love, and that’s something we wanted to give out to people,” Johnson says. “It started out with that.”
They have an in-house roaster who roasts all their beans fresh weekly. The beans come from various companies, so the store always has different blends, Johnson says. If coffee drinks aren’t someone’s speed, Pink Coffee also offers refreshers, or Italian and French sodas, and teamonades, which is their special mix of tea and lemonade with a dash of something extra, she says.
Baked goods in the store are provided by 9 Rabbits Bakery and include roll cakes, cookies, crisps, gourmet cakes, macarons and more.
A comment Johnson says she hears the most from customers is that Garland has been needing a place like Pink Coffee. When Johnson, Sung and Kim first met, they would have meetings at a local Starbucks, but the space was never quiet enough for them. Pink Coffee has a meeting room as well as a large seating area at the front of the store. Sung and Joe Kim grew up in Garland together and say this was a good opportunity for this kind of business there.
Sung says the group is already planning more Pink Coffee locations in Arlington and Frisco.
Pink Coffee, 2334 W. Buckingham Road, Suite 210, Garland.