We’re excited to welcome Kushala Sip Coffee House to the growing community of independent coffee houses, cafés and bakeries across 29 states that serve Crimson Cup beverages. Located at 335 Main Street, #101, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, the new coffee house serves up a full range of espresso-based coffee drinks and fine teas as well as locally baked cookies and pastries.
Kushala comes from a Hindi word meaning happiness, and Kushala Sip offers an oasis where friends and customers can gather for coffee, tea and conversation in the small town of Stoneham, just nine miles north of Boston.
Kushala Sip serves up Crimson Cup coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, café mochas and loose-leaf teas as well as an extensive menu of made-from-scratch treats from local bakeries including The Mad Cake Genius, Swiss Bakers and Something Sweet Without Wheat. Open seating and a great view into the park across the street in the Stoneham Center Commons contribute to the relaxing atmosphere.
Originally from Mexico and India, respectively, owners Dalia and Vinod Valencia met in Boston while pursuing master’s degrees in business. After marrying, the couple moved to Woburn and began scouting the area for a good independent coffee house. Eventually they found some options in Melrose and Winchester, but they always wanted to have something closer in their own neighborhood. After gaining corporate experience, the couple also decided they wanted to work closer with the community they had come to know and love dearly over the previous few years.
They turned to Crimson Cup and our 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program to learn how to open their own independent coffee shop. Based on Greg’s book, Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Business, the program provides everything new business owners need to open and operate a successful coffee business – including coffee shop business plan consulting.
At a recent grand opening celebration, Kushala Sip served up 171 orders – over double the normal flow of business. “New people started coming in because of our grand opening,” said Dalia Valencia. “It created a lot of awareness for our store. Without Crimson Cup and the awareness generated by the event, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”