Name That Coffee Shop

Melissa Rapoport, the former owner of the now-closed Ozzie's coffee shop on Seventh Avenue, is asking neighbors to name her new cafe.

Park Slope lost Ozzie's Coffee and Tea, a neighborhood java joint which was open for 18 years, this past August, but it will gain a new caffeinated cafe soon.

Melissa Rapoport, who owned Ozzie's Seventh Avenue location, is opening a new coffee shop across the street, between Berkley and Lincoln places. The construction is almost done, but she has yet to give her business a name. That's the neighborhood's job.

Rapoport, formerly Azulai, is asking neighbors, former Ozzie's dwellers, coffee lovers and Slopers to E-mail name suggestions at  namemycoffeehouse@gmail.com.

In the last days of Ozzie's, although Rapoport was distraught over her loss, she was looking forward to starting anew. 

"This is the universe telling me to start a new life," she said in August. "I am going to open a new coffee shop, I don't know exactly where, but it will be in Park Slope, I am not giving up." 

Now, with her new venture almost ready, she is looking forward to making her cafe without a name, another neighborhood staple. 

“Some patrons at Ozzie's were there for 18 years. I have watched children grow up, people met there for the first time and then got married," Rapoport said, thinking about her old shop. "I have seen the neighborhood grow into what it is today from that counter. It has been home for many people and I hope the new place becomes home to many in Park Slope.”

Neil Zwillinger October 06, 2011 at 02:02 PM
since ozzie's is gone, name the new place "Harriets"
John Ness October 06, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Marcia October 11, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Live next door to Ozzie's. Miss the aroma. Bought apt. 18 years ago when 2 weeks later construction began on Ozzie's. I know how it feels to have a great business location and have to close for various reasons. I wish you well and I came up with JAVA JOLT - just "JOLT" or "SHE BREWS." Maybe HOT STUFF? Please be sure to have the price of a regular cup under $2 (tax included), make the employees wear gloves when serving and NOT to handle money. Clean is of the utmost in tempting people and not having the employees kibitz, sneeze and cough while customers watch and wait. Hands on is best. Best of luck to you. I'll be in. When is the opening?


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