Article and photos by Lauren Sergent
Nestled in on the 5600 block of 6th Avenue is The Buzz café. The Buzz, which is celebrating one year of business this month, prides itself on being a unique addition to the Downtown Kenosha community. This café is more than just a coffee shop...they also carry 200 different craft beers and 200 different wines along with an ever-changing menu tailored to the season. The atmosphere in The Buzz can best be described as warm, welcoming, and chic. As a great environment to work, study, and enjoy quality coffee, their customer base is rather diverse. The customers who frequent this hive include everyone from businesspeople to college students.
When co-owner Riki was asked why they chose to open up shop in Downtown Kenosha, he said "My partners and I are strong believers in Downtown Kenosha. We are part of a great community that you can’t just walk away from." Everything The Buzz does is small in a big way. They brew Metropolis coffee from a small coffee company in the heart of Chicago and offer a wide variety of micro brews and wines from small craft and family wineries. All of their products, from wine to coffee to food, are available to-go to better serve the needs of busy bees!
The Buzz has a location that is steeped in history and they openly embrace their building’s roots. From 1902 up until prohibition, the building was a Pabst brewery. Though The Buzz sells almost all micro brews, they carry Pabst Blue Ribbon as a way to pay homage to their historic location. The café’s furniture also has its own history! All of the wood furniture is reclaimed douglas fir from the old Wells Co. factory in Kenosha.
The owners of The Buzz (who also own Sazzy B’s next door and The Garage on 60th Street) have already brought some excitement to their small shop within the past year. Back in May, they hosted a Beer & Cupcake Pairing which they hope to make an annual event! The Buzz is celebrating their first birthday this October with discounts and daily specials. Stuck on what to order? Try their popular Horchata Latte or visit on Tap Tuesdays for some discounted brews!