On Business: SiP Wine & Coffee Bistro

Holly Springs bistro more than a coffee shop

CorrespondentJuly 8, 2013 

Sarah and Justin Hummell serve a customer at SiP Wine & Coffee Bistro in Holly Springs.


  • SiP Wine & Coffee Bistro

    Location: 128 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs.

    Contact: 919-762-7143.

    Online: www.sipwineandcoffee.com.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 6 a.m. to midnight Fridays; 8 a.m. to midnight Saturdays.

— At SiP Wine & Coffee Bistro, Sarah Hummell aims to treat customers to more than an ordinary cup of joe.

“Our focus is on the full experience, whether it be coffee, wine or beer,” said Hummell, who recently opened the business with her husband, Justin. “We keep things fresh – fresh ingredients and quality items.”

The couple owned a coffee shop in Winston-Salem before moving to Holly Springs to be closer to Justin’s job as a firefighter at Fort Bragg.

Sarah Hummell said a chance conversation with a colleague in the hotel industry led to the creation of SiP.

“She was going out for a cup of coffee, and I offered to make her one. One sip and she said I needed to open my own place,” Sarah Hummell recalled. “I told her I already had my own place, but she said she meant here. She suggested Holly Springs as an ideal location and even suggested the building.”

The Hummells took the advice and once they saw the space on Bass Lake Road, they knew it was what they had been looking for. Within days, they had signed a lease and begun drawing up plans.

They have since closed their Winston-Salem location. But they weren’t in a rush to open the new place, where they took over the building in March.

“We have been taking our time to redesign the space and just do it right,” Sarah Hummell said.

Originally, they planned to open by June 1, but getting various permits led to delays. The last obstacle is the health inspection, necessary before the business can serve food.

In the meantime, Hummell said, customers are welcome to come in for coffee or drinks. The bistro will celebrate a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony when full service is in place.

When complete, SiP will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with coffee, beer, wine and cocktails.

Sarah Hummell said she envisions it as a place for patrons to stop in for a quick visit or to stay for hours.

“If you work out of your home and you go to a coffee shop, you often have to leave to go get some lunch,” she said. “Here you can stay all day if you like and eat breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack.”

The couple also hope free wi-fi and comfortable seating help create an atmosphere that will draw those who want to stay a while. A lending library is set up for patrons to swap books. Musicians are welcome to perform for tips.

“It’s a great place for the community,” Sarah Hummell said.

In the late afternoons, there will be a “siesta.” The bistro will remain open, but service will be limited as the staff transition from coffee shop to evening fare.

“The reception in Holly Springs has been outstanding,” Sarah Hummell said. “We set up at the farmers market, and people seemed really excited.”


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