New cafe brightens Eastside Market

Le Petit Café Fleuri opens its doors in Moscow

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New cafe brightens Eastside Market

Ingrid Royce, cafe manager and lead barista, explains why she loves working with Tammy at the cafe shop Sunday afternoon at the Le Petit Cafe Fleuri.

Ingrid Royce, cafe manager and lead barista, explains why she loves working with Tammy at the cafe shop Sunday afternoon at the Le Petit Cafe Fleuri.

Ingrid Royce, cafe manager and lead barista, explains why she loves working with Tammy at the cafe shop Sunday afternoon at the Le Petit Cafe Fleuri.

Ingrid Royce, cafe manager and lead barista, explains why she loves working with Tammy at the cafe shop Sunday afternoon at the Le Petit Cafe Fleuri.

BENJAMIN WHITE, Evergreen reporter

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Floral arrangements, bright pastel colors decorating the walls and paintings, and French-style baked goods including eclairs and croissants — that is what you will find inside Le Petit Café Fleuri.

The name of the shop means “the little flower coffee shop” in French, which is indicative of its placement next to Lavender & Thyme, a floral boutique. Both businesses are owned by Tammy McGreevy.

The cafe, which recently opened is located inside the Eastside Marketplace in Moscow on 1420 South Blaine St.

McGreevy said she felt there was a need for a cafe in the mall, somewhere for people to sit down, slow down and enjoy the company of others.

She said she went to France for her floral training, which inspired the decor in the cafe.

“They enjoy some of the finer things I think we as Americans have kind of forgotten in our hustle and bustle,” she said.

McGreevy said she wanted to display the culture from real cafes in France.

“Even though I love France, I don’t have a lot of Eiffel towers, ‘Für Elise’ and stuff like that around, because if you ever spent time in France, you realize it’s about the beauty of their artwork and their decor,” McGreevy said.

She said she would see mothers with coffees from Starbucks and heard that if people wanted to get a snack for their kids in the mall, they had to get popcorn from the theater.

McGreevy said she opened Le Petit Café Fleuri in October to fill the need.

The cafe’s decor is similar to that of her boutique next door, which is only separated by a double-wide glass door.

Ingrid Roise, cafe manager and lead barista, said many people appreciate that the cafe bakes its own pastries and makes its own syrups.

“Honestly there are no other pastry shops in Moscow, so that’s the biggest thing. People really, really like our pastries,” Roise said. “A lot of Moscow coffee shops are serving Costco muffins.”

Roise said she started working for the cafe as soon as it opened and was promoted to lead barista just two weeks ago.

She said that she likes the fact that the cafe partners with the community in meaningful ways.

“I love the local art,” Roise said, gesturing to paintings on the wall created by local artists.

The cafe is tailored to make a place that is more “elegant and social” than most Moscow coffee shops.

“I love the artisan culture in Moscow, but I think this place especially is devoted to hospitality that is less common, really creating a space that is meant for social interactions,” she said.

Another thing she has enjoyed is getting to know the regulars, Roise said.

“Dennis McGreevy’s kids’ wrestling coach, and his family, they come in and all of their kids have names that start with ‘K’ so now I know all their kids’ names,” she said.

The location was a concern at first, she said. They worried about not having much foot traffic.

“This is a part of town that is a little undeveloped culturally and socially. There is not a lot over here,” she said.

After working here for a while, Roise said she realized there is more in this part of town then she originally thought, and it appears that Moscow is growing in this direction.

McGreevy said they plan on expanding their hours and menu in the future and hope to serve crepes soon. They also plan on opening the cafe to events in the future and partnering with the theater to do fun things.

She said they were brainstorming different unique drinks for the Star Wars debut, like a “Leah Latte” or a “Chewbacca Chai latte.”

“That’s kind of the fun of the business, is that it is kinda growing. It’s not really defined yet. The vision is pretty set, but as far as how does everything play out in that vision,” McGreevy said.

The greatest asset the cafe has is hospitality, Roise said.

“The idea of hospitality,” she said. “It’s something that you can’t fake, the ability to welcome people in and to see people and just interact with them in a way that adds value.”