By JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
EAGLE ROCK — Walking into Swörk, you might think you’re at a completely new coffee bar. After 16 years in business, the corner coffee house reopened on January 16 after nearly two weeks of renovation.
“The store is completely transformed, it’s so awesome,” says owner and creator Patricia Neale Vuagniaux, who had been planning the renovation for the past year.
With a background in branding, Vuagniaux used her skills to retool the space and its image, giving Swörk an “urban vintage feel.”
The look may be vintage but it’s all new, the furniture, employee uniforms, menu and even the coffee bags. She credits her husband Gilbert Vuagniaux and architect Marc Reusser as major players in the transformation.
The changes aren’t restricted to the interior. Outdoor lighting was installed and a mural, by artists Taryne Moyse and Remy Chwae, was painted on the exterior of the coffee house at the busy corner of Colorado and Eagle Rock boulevards.
Not only did the space get a face-lift, but the menu also received a makeover. Vuagniaux created six wellness plans that are an alternative to coffee. Items include a turmeric latte and a ginger, lemon honey infused wellness tea. They also added a kegerator, so nitro cold brew will be served on tap.
Swörk prides itself in being the only coffee house with six alternative milks and now solely organic milk. Nonfat milk is no longer available. However, customers can still get their gluten-free baked goods, oatmeal and granola. Vuagniaux plans to include an affordable small bites menu in the near future.
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Jacqueline Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based reporter who’s written for various media outlets such as Los Angeles Wave, The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News.
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