June 15, 2016

Home Grown Goodness

An Oak Cliff couple has opened a foodie hot spot with serious neighborhood cred.

Tiffany Vance Johnson and Ben Johnson, the husband and wife founders of Local Press and Brew, have created an eatery that lives up to its name.

Located on the corner of Beckley Avenue and Greenbriar Lane, the establishment is more than just a coffee and juice shop; it’s an exercise in supporting the community. From the bites you enjoy in the morning with your latte to the art on the walls, it’s all Oak Cliff grown. On top of that, it’s good, healthy eats.

Housed in a former gas station, Local has been feeding the health-conscious masses for a little over a year. The menu is filled with Instagramable treats like banana and almond butter or avocado toast, Noble Coyote Coffee, and 15 raw juices, which are named for Oak Cliff neighborhoods. (The Winnetka Heights, an apple, ginger, kale, lemon, and pineapple concoction, is a top seller.)

If you’re new to juicing, order a flight to sample 2-ounce tasting portions and get your footing. When you’re ready to graduate to an entire bottle or even brave a full-on cleanse, you’ll feel especially virtuous, as all of Local’s sips are made on-site and packaged in glass bottles to prevent harmful chemical leakage and waste associated with plastic packaging. Vance and Johnson also make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank for every container that’s returned to Local.

For those not so into juicing, try a shake. Any juice can be transformed into a smoothie with the addition of frozen bananas, local bee pollen, and coconut meat.

While you’re waiting for your order, check out the shelf next to the counter, where you’ll find handmade goods by local artisans and employees.

And if this seems like too much regional goodness for one spot, think again. Next door, the duo has opened Local Moto, currently hosting pop-up events, and doubling later this summer as a place where the moto community can meet to talk shop and hang out.

Overall, Local is working toward one vision: bringing the community together. And if caffeine and cleanses aren’t unifiers, we don’t know what are.

The Details: Local Press and Brew, 1605 North Beckley Avenue, 214.484.1929