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No limits for customers placed at AVA Roasteria

New Kruse Village coffee shop already building loyal following

REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Alena Hoffman always has a big smile for customers when they order coffee at AVA Roasteria in Kruse Village.

Amy Saberiyan wants all age groups to come to her new coffee shop, AVA Roasteria, in Kruse Village.

Actually, AVA is so big that it makes one think it could hold them all at the same time.

But the even better news is that AVA’s quality matches its size. It is meeting the high expectations the public had of it while it was going up on Carman Drive.

“Hopefully, we’ll keep full with a lot of people,” Saberiyan said. “So far we’re doing well.”

Saberiyan was an environmental engineer in her previous career. Now, as a coffee shop magnate, she is creating an environment people will enjoy in her own businesses.

She opened the doors to her first AVA nine years ago in Beaverton. She wasn’t given a lot to work with, but the shop achieved great success.

“The first location was really an eyesore,” Saberiyan said. “I was able to use my expertise to transform it into a community gathering place. I worked really hard.”

One good coffee shop deserves another, so Saberiyan has added four more shops since 2006, and the one in Lake Oswego is her latest venture. It came about because she had such a good relationship with Gramor Development, builders of Kruse Village.

“When Gramor proposed this location I really liked it,” Saberiyan said. “I took a lease right away. Lake Oswego is a great community.”

Once AVA customers get used to the swell surroundings, they can settle down to enjoy the high quality of products. The cornerstone of AVA’s shop is a sublime blend of coffee that is intended to suit every palate, made fresh every day by a local roaster.

The fresh-every-day standard also applies to the baked goods at AVA, which are made right on site. The key people in the baking operation are Kam Arjangrad, a “great” pastry chef from Europe who works exclusively for AVA, and Julie Thanem, whose 25 years of creativity practically make her a legend in cake decorating. Saberiyan conservatively describes her work as “fantastic.”

Aside from the bakery items, AVA offers sandwiches, salads, soups and more.

Saberiyan knows exactly what she wants her demographics to be at AVA Roasteria: everybody.

“We can be a hangout place for young people,” she said. “Families trust us. Students can come study here late at night. Our strategy is to go to the heart of the community.”

To meet the desires of all ages of coffee lovers, AVA is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more about AVA Roasteria go to avaroasteria.com or call 503-305-6238. The Kruse Village is located at 4811-4871 SW Meadows Road in Lake Oswego.

REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Want a cupcake? Sarah Oliva can help you at AVA Roasteria. The new coffee shop offers a delicious variety of pastries that are baked every day on the premises.


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