Tipsy Coffee House Creates Sweet Spirits August 06, 2015 16:00
The shelves of Tipsy Coffee House are lined with pristinely decorated chocolates. Meticulously decorated petite cake mounds with shimmering, artistic frosting add an air of glamour. But while cake pops and other petite desserts are part of the ordinary, Tipsy Coffee House separates itself from other bakeries in at least one major way: liquor.
A baker since adolescence, owner Kim Sostman said Tipsy Coffee ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ and Tipsy Truffles, its mother company ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ was born of a smaller dream: to make delicious desserts for co-workers.
During her time at Nellis Auction, Sostman often brought in unusual creations for friends if they promised to give honest feedback.
In addition to suggestions to improve the cakes, friends also made requests for new flavors ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ all of which were named after those who helped create them.
It didnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt take long before alcohol was thrown into the mix. Tequila, limoncello, amaretto and rum are among the dozens of liquors SostmanÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs cakes feature. Eventually, chocolate shops got word and, for Sostman, the rest is history.
ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂPeople started saying they were really good and requesting orders,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ she said. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂAnd then they started buying them, and eventually they made their way to small stores.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
In 2009, Tipsy Truffles officially kicked off as a business venture, selling chocolates and cakes wholesale to shops such as Eye Candy, BentleyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs, and most recently, The Sugar Factory.
Although infusing chocolates with specialized liquor has become commonplace in chocolate shops and liquor companies, few take pride in infusing their cakes (after baking) to create a moist and decadent shot of chocolate.
But, what Sostman saw as a unique selling point, many others saw as a venture a little too risky to take.
When she began looking for a permanent location for Tipsy Truffles, she was met with hesitation by building owners.
ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂEven though I visited many places, the truth was, if you werenÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt corporate, most places didnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt want to lease to you,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ Sostman said. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂAfter so much went under, they didnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt want to take a chance on someone without backing. All of the building owners wanted chains.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
It took nearly a year of searching before Sostman was able to settle into her current location, a former Coffee Bean at 6496 Medical Center Drive (near West Sunset Road and the Las Vegas Beltway), which is where the idea of adding coffee to her menu (and store name) was born.
Although there is only about one-fourth of a shot of liquor in each truffle, buyers must be 21 or older to purchase the decadent, alcoholic treats. A box of six truffle cakes is $20, and a box of eight truffle drops runs $18. Individual cakes can be purchased for $2.49 and drops for $1.49. For large orders or catering, Tipsy Truffles can customize orders with choice of chocolate, liquor, color and even logos.
Lloyd Hook, a local mill worker, became hooked on Tipsy Coffee House after installing new floors for Sostman when the shop first opened. After trying a few of her treats, Hook said he found himself within the quaint coffeehouse more and more each week.
And as Hook helped bring a new look to the building, he, too, offered opinions of SostmanÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs cakes, for the better or for the worse.
ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂShe had me sample a lot of things, and we kept it simple,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ he said. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂIf it was dry, I told her. She would tweak it and weÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂd try again. ItÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs better to test drive everything before it goes on the shelf.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
After coming in so often, he began to help with more than flooring. As Sostman expressed her uncertainty about what to do with extra cakes and coffee grounds that went to waste, Hook offered a solution: Put them in the coffee.
And so ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂLloyds Tipsy FratteÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ was born, a strategically made Frappuccino-style drink complete with cake bits, coffee grounds and syrup to create a rich and textured drink.
Hook even suggested his daughter Amber Hook, a former Starbucks employee, give Tipsy Coffee House a try. And just like that she was hooked, eventually becoming a barista.
ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂThis is a much more creative atmosphere (than Starbucks),ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ Amber said. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂYou really get the art side of it. You are free to do what you want in these types of places. How many places can you go where you can constantly create and make your own menu?ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
Outside of corporate requirements of major chains, Amber noted the fresh and local ingredients allow easier requests and shipments.
ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂHere, we are helping other people in the community,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ Amber said. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂOur coffee is not imported from Florida. ItÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs all brought in and roasted here. ItÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs cool. But more importantly, itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs good and fresh quality.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ