With a cozy atmosphere and a staff that feels like family, Boca Raton’s The Seed has not only created a unique space for creative minds, juice enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike to come together, but has built a foundation for local businesses and organizations to help each other grow.
This idea of togetherness stems from the concept on which The Seed was born.
“I always wanted to build a juice bar … And [my partner] always wanted to build a coffee bar. And we kind of were just like, ‘Let’s just do it together,’” said co-founder Carly Altier. “That’s kind of how the brand was born – with one riding on the other, complimenting each other.”
Alongside business partner and friend Rachel Eade, Altier opened the part handcrafted coffee joint, part cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar located on Palmetto Park Road on Black Friday 2014.
Since then, they have been welcomed into Boca community with warm arms.
This may be partially due to their interaction with local brands – they have a partnership with locally roasted Wells Coffee Company and work with the non-profit organization, Boca Raton Community Garden.
A local friend even helped build the wooden tables that line the floor.
“I think [using local brands] creates a good community sense. Like, everyone knows that they’re coming here to support the community that they live in, so you want to come,” said Altier.
Their work with the Boca Community Garden involves The Seed giving coffee grounds and produce scraps for the garden to use for fertilizer in exchange for herbs like mint or basil that can be used in smoothies.
Daniel Karram, a master barista and student at Florida Atlantic University, thinks the connection with local companies helps the business run smoothly, saying that it limits miscommunication. He says it also encourages conversation with customers – there is a large roaster in the front window of the storefront that brews some questions.
This homegrown concept has attracted an array of customers, adding to the individuality of the spot.
“I think we have a nice, eclectic mix,” expressed Altier. “We have the gym next door, so we get the health crowd that comes in. And then, we have a lot of the college students that come in and study. We have the business men that come in. Then, we have the older crowd too, who will come and just sit for hours and just sip on their one little coffee that turns cold.”
Andrew Woomer, a frequent customer, enjoys the community that The Seed has created and thinks this is a great place to bring friends.
This is one of Altier’s favorite aspects of The Seed. “I like all the interaction that I see because it’s a nice meeting place for whether it’s a boyfriend and girlfriend meeting, or two girls just coming in to Instagram a latte. I love seeing the life that comes in and out.”
Now, The Seed is looking to bring the community even closer together by hosting events featuring local operations. “Every month we want to have something fun and different to bring people to the shop and, you know, gather and be friendly and social, while sharing one of our beverages,” said Altier.
She continued, “Last month we did a summer collective pop up where we had all local businesses come in and sell … We’re gonna do it seasonally; we’re gonna do a fall pop up.”
So, when you’re in the mood for a taste of Boca, head on over to The Seed.