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Sips Coffee Shop Showcases Local Music Talent

Posted 5/4/2017

HALSTEAD—For almost a year now, Sips Coffee Shop has been provided the Halstead community with a place to gather on Saturday nights to enjoy a good hot beverage and live music performed by local artists.SIPS Coffee Shop in Halstead has been providing live entertainment by local artists every Saturday night for 11 months now. Laverne Darnell, left, and Justin Freeman were last Saturday’s musicians. SIPS Coffee Shop in Halstead has been providing live entertainment by local artists every Saturday night for 11 months now. Laverne Darnell, left, and Justin Freeman were last Saturday’s musicians.

Located in the front portion of Crossroads Church at 225 Main, Sips was the brainchild of Pastor Terry Ullum and church member Boyce Ingram as a way to reach out to people who might not normally go to church.

“We were just thinking about what does it look like in today’s world, as far as the church is concerned, what does it look like for people who would not normally go to church, either because they don’t care to go or they’re intimidated by it or they feel unworthy,” Ingram said. “And so we decided, ‘You know what—what if we open a coffee shop?’”

They turned to the Internet to create a plan on opening the coffee shop. Ingram said they wanted to center the coffee shop on good coffee, music and fellowship.

“We’re not a Christian coffee shop; we’re a coffee shop run by Christians,” Ullum said.

The coffee shop is now approaching its one-year anniversary, having opened in June of last year.

Sips is open from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 6-8 p.m. on Saturdays, with live music every Saturday night. During the past 11 months, Ingram said some nights have been packed with 30-40 people squeezing into the small shop, while other nights only a few have people turned up.

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