Coffee shop opens

Art is popping up everywhere as more people are getting creative with building spaces. A local business in the Smiths Station area is getting in on the action. Sydney’s Shoppe of Beauty and Boutique is getting a colorful makeover as mural artists adorn the white walls with flowers and more. 

Owner Sydney Hancock said the art movement is interesting to her, and she loves that murals are taking off in the area. 

“I reached out to them. They’ve done some custom pieces for me in the past, but I really wanted to do something on our white brick,” she said. “The flowers are magnolias, because I wanted to some Southern trend in there.”

The Southern-esque mural certainly fits the flow of the space. As you walk into the shop, there are a few racks of boutique clothes and lots of art on the walls boasting the Southern woman. 

But the mural isn’t the only new thing happening in the building. 

Hancock wanted something more than a salon and boutique for her customers. 

“I wanted something to accent what we already have and serve our customers. I reached out to Kyndall Johnson, because I knew she wanted to start a bakery,” Hancock said. 

Johnson was on board immediately. 

“Sydney called me a month ago. I knew I wanted to have a store. We were just online for the first three months,” Johnson said. 

The store, Kostlich and Couture means delicious food and high-end clothing. It will have boutique items and a full-sized coffee bar and bakery. 

“This is a dream come true,” Johnson said. “I’ve always wanted to do this since I was a little girl.”

Johnson grew up baking with her mother. It’s how they spent time together, especially on Sundays. The shop had a soft opening yesterday and will have a larger grand opening soon. Look for homemade cakes, cupcakes, sandwiches, and soups during lunchtime, and even birthday cakes that Johnson can personalize. She is also using the Waitr app for lunchtime specials.  

While Johnson is familiar with baking and running a boutique, the coffee bar is new to her. But she’s not afraid of the challenge. They will serve all kinds of coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and even fresh squeezed orange juice. 

“I’m so excited about this,” Hancock added. “This will be a great place for the community to come fellowship, sit, and study.”

The two are located at 3810 Opelika Road.