VB Bites: Local coffee shops provide options

In search of a delicious coffee and nice vegan treat? CLTRE. is the place to go and it’s 21 minutes from campus. Customers can see the light brown tables along the black wall with paintings inside the cafe. 

All customers are free to view the welcoming cafe and friendly staff with a culturally immersive menu full of vegan friendly items to fulfill many people’s wants. CLTRE. is a community-focused shop that has the desire to build a reputation on progressive values that provides support for the new generation of workers. 

The creative mind behind CLTRE. is owner Luvenia “Luv” Hankins. “We have beautiful art by local artists who’ve put their stamp on us, our staff are amazing and the food is absolutely delicious! We are a good space for meetings, networking events and more! We also host local musicians and entertainment,” said Hankins.  

Breakfast items range from waffles, toasts, a brekkie burrito and buttery biscuits and gravy. Lunch items range from sandwiches to a waffle pizza and a salad. These menus have items for vegans and people who need gluten-free options. Hankins recommends the waffles to first-time customers, saying, “Our waffles are a key item that customers come for.”

The prices for their drinks and food items stay in an affordable range for college students. Affordable and delicious items are what will be found at CLTRE. showing that no matter where you look, finding good food isn’t always expensive. 

Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to  5 p.m. on Saturdays.

“The Only Thing Missing From CLTRE. is ‘U’. We Look Forward To Serving YOU” on the CLTRE website at www.cltrevgn.com. 

Feeling at home is the one feeling that Hankins wants to create in her cafe with a welcoming vibe that invites everyone to be who they are. A drive out to this cafe is needed for anyone who enjoys art and music with their coffee or vegan food.

CLTRE. | Vegan Joint is located at 1309 Fordham Drive Suite 106, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 

Visit cltrevgn.com or their Instagram @cltrevgn and Facebook @CLTRE. vgn jnt.

Thinking of another coffee destination and sweet treat spot? Pourfavor is just 17 minutes away from campus. It’s a great study space that provides a printer at the cafe and serves as a calm place to help anyone who needs to get work done and study. 

Pourfavor is an inclusive coffee shop with a welcoming environment and provides many options for comfortable seating. The soft music playing invites everyone in to get a coffee or some pastries that were made by the owner’s mother. 

Their hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the shop being busy during the afternoon on the weekdays and the weekends being busy throughout the day. 

Marlese Boyer, a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, described her experience. “The overall experience there was a good one. I would definitely return and recommend it to others. It was a bit out of my way from VWU but when you have time on your hands to go, you’ll find a cute, delicious-smelling place to enjoy some coffee or tea,” said Boyer.  

Josh Felias, a manager at Pourfavor, described the cafe’s atmosphere. “Very inclusive of all the groups that come in here. So we have people from all walks of life, demographics from all over the spectrum, so young, every color that you can think of, every orientation you could think of,” said Felias.

“From what I’ve heard, we’re the first in our area to do our Coffee Flight. So you know how breweries have their brewery flights where you can sample different types of beer. We have ours where you can sample different types of coffee,” Felias said.

Pourfavor’s most well-known and popular menu item is coffee flights. Felias recommends this for first-time customers to order. The coffee flights have seasonal flavors that change every month, some will be based on the holidays in that month. If you enjoy your coffee, you can order the larger size after trying the flights. The flights come in either four to six types of coffees.

Pourfavor is located at 5705 Lynnhaven Pkwy Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Visit pourfavorcoffeeshop.com or Instagram and Facebook @pourfavorcoffeeshop for more information.

By Mikayla Moscatelli