When Sabyle Zeringis made the choice to start living a healthier lifestyle, she struggled to find coffeeshops in her area that used the kind of quality ingredients she wanted to put in her body. So she began crafting her lattes at home, using alternatives she couldn’t find on menus and soon realized that maybe she wasn’t the only one facing this choice.
Zeringis opened Covington’s Haven Café to offer a “safe haven” for people looking for recognizable, high-quality ingredients.
“(Customers) don’t have to worry about anything being hidden,” she says.
Haven Café uses organic syrups, local dairy with zero hormones or antibiotics and dairy alternatives including oat milk. They also offer a variety of classic coffee and espresso drinks, along with creative alternatives such as an organic matcha mango lemonade and turmeric-infused lattes.
Grab a charcoal lavender cookie, specially made for Haven by Brown Bear Bakery, a breakfast sandwich or a toast, like the one from summer with goat cheese, honey and fresh peaches on sourdough. (More breakfast and lunch items are coming soon.) They also carry gluten- and dairy-free donuts from local Charnees Doughnuts.
Zeringis says that Haven Café stands apart from other coffeeshops, not only because of their wholesome ingredients, but also because of the healthy add-ons they have begun to offer, such as collagen supplements and adaptogens (an herb family used to boost the body’s ability to handle stress).
Haven Café will soon have a sister holistic business called Haven Spa to offer additional ways to nourish the body.
“Beauty and (what we eat) go together. A lot of what you’re internally feeding yourself reflects externally,” says Zeringis, “so we wanted to have options that really coordinate and benefit each other.”
Zeringis knew she wanted to open a café/spa hybrid spot but chose to focus on getting the café open first because that is the newer challenge to her, having come from the spa industry originally.
“I have less experience with coffee, so I wanted to get the café up and running and sustained on its own and then pivot my energy toward officially opening the spa side,” she says.
The goal is for Haven Spa to be open in fall 2020, offering manicures and pedicures, facials and waxing, along with some Eastern medicine techniques such as Gua Sha, a lymphatic drainage treatment.
The café and spa will have separate entrances to the same building and can be cross-accessed from within. The vision comes from the idea that Zeringis doesn’t want people to feel like they’re walking into a spa to get their coffee or vice versa, but she wants each to be easily accessible to the other.
Opening a small business in 2020 has, of course, had its detours, but Zeringis is thrilled to finally be operational and in a welcoming community.
“I started realizing that a lot of businesses don’t come over the bridge and bring business here,” Zeringis says about opening in Covington. “There are holes in the market here, so why wouldn’t we fill that gap and provide people a neighborhood spot that they’re looking for?”
Haven Café is offering “flavor without sacrifice” and “beauty without compromise” just over the bridge.
For more info on Haven CafО (332 Scott Blvd., Covington), follow them at @havencafecov, or visit the website at havencov.com