An old-time coffee stand right on the no. 58 Expressway Fair Attraction’s _Coffee Stand_(Ooyama, Ginowan City}
Around 40 minutes north of Naha Airport via the No. 58 Expressway. Turn left immediately after reaching the Ooyama intersection. You will see a large yellow signboard. Fair Attraction's _Coffee Stand_. The neon signs the shine brightly in the night are your landmark.
The owner, Sumito Yokoi, has a tremendous smile, and was born and raised here in Ooyama, Ginowan City. He left the corporate world after many years and fulfilled his dream of opening a coffee stand. The interior contains spacious seating. The space exudes nostalgia. "I am infatuated with the turn of the 20th century, so I have setup neon signs like one would see at the circus and at travelling amusement parks, as well as fantastic old objets d'art. The signboard was made by hand, while the décor was imported; it was a really fun time preparing the shop for opening," he said.
The carefully constructed interior results in a pleasant space.
The seats are clustered around three corners. The first area comprises the bench seats located at the counter and beside the windows. I saw many patrons wishing to talk to Yokoi-san while he is preparing their coffee take their seats here.
The second area are the table and chairs made by Ercol. Recommended for groups and couples. The setting sun on the sea is a wonderful view to be seen from the window during good weather. Yokoi-san says he is still obsessed with amusement parks. The carousel horse inside the premises was taken from the merry-go-round of an actual amusement park in America. The horse was made by artisans around 1915, and this type of wooden horse is said to have many fans around the world. The prancing shape of the horse only gets more unique with the passage of time.
The final group of seats is individual seating. Resembling private rooms, patrons can read a book without being disturbed at these seats. We were told that there are some patrons who stay here for hours on end.
Connections made through coffee
The owner visited many coffee shops before opening his shop to discover his individual style. Says Yokoi-san, "I want to create a relaxing space where patrons can read a book while leisurely enjoying their coffee, and where I can prepare coffee properly."
The coffee beans used in-store are procured from coffee roasters within the prefecture. The beans come from all over Japan, but mainly from the nearby Yamada Coffee Okinawa and Okinawa Cerrado Coffee. A cup of coffee becomes the means through which visitors and locals can connect. Each cup is priced at JPY 400 (tax included).
Pastries served in-store are the flavorful and rich breads delivered from the nearby bakery hoppepan. Red bean paste and butter toast can be added to your beverage for JPY 250 (tax included). Cinnamon honey toast also at JPY 250 (tax included). The caffe latte (JPY 500, tax included) comes with latte art.
Fair Attraction's _Coffee Stand_
|location||4-4-3 Ooyama, Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture|
|business hours||Monday - Thursday 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm Friday 3:00 pm to 1130 pm, Saturday, Sunday 9:00 am to 8:30 pm|
|Parking Lot||Available (3 lots)|