north perk coffee

a third space in your life to sip, work, and connect

Situated at the heart of charming Gaslight District in downtown Petoskey, MI, North Perk Coffee offers the best place in town to enjoy a freshly brewed cup, and we can say it's the best because we know: we roast our own (Petoskey Roasting Company info here!).  Our baristas are friendly, knowledgable, and love coffee.  It is our mission every day to offer our community a space to work, meet, connect, or relax.  For customers we offer fast wireless internet with lots of outlets, have a bookshelf of books to read, take, share, as well as a keep stocked a few card games to enjoy with friends.  As we continue to grow, we hope to feature nights full of musicians, thinkers, artists ... please, we invite you to come and join us!

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Brittany (Brubaker) McNeil, owner The paths of grading English essays on the beach, knocking out too many rooms of lath and plaster, and assuring tourists that you can indeed surf in Michigan have naturally led Brittany to see her dream of opening her own coffee shop come to fruition.  In her spare time (what spare time?!) she enjoys reading a good book or paddleboarding, traveling with her husband, and hiking with her dog, Juni.  She is passionate about women in business, black coffee, and lying in the grass by the water on a sunny day. Favorite drink:  8oz Americano

Brittany (Brubaker) McNeil, owner

The paths of grading English essays on the beach, knocking out too many rooms of lath and plaster, and assuring tourists that you can indeed surf in Michigan have naturally led Brittany to see her dream of opening her own coffee shop come to fruition.  In her spare time (what spare time?!) she enjoys reading a good book or paddleboarding, traveling with her husband, and hiking with her dog, Juni.  She is passionate about women in business, black coffee, and lying in the grass by the water on a sunny day.

Favorite drink:  8oz Americano

Becca Cesario

Becca Cesario

Becca is our resident weekend warrior and full time high school student.  Not only has she perfected the art of folding a coffee filter into a beautiful paper flower, but her ballet skills make it easy for her to multi-task gracefully under busy conditions.  Rather than cakes or Hawaiian shirt farewells, Becca has been informed that she is never fully allowed to leave the ranks of North Perk staff, and though the day will come when she gets to spread her wings and attend St. Mary's, no one fears more for the sanity and organization of Brittany's life schedule than Brittany (or maybe her husband, John).  Becca is passionate about hunting for great sweaters, hosting tea parties, and organizing the messes we create during the week while she's away.

Favorite drink: doppio con panna

Olivia Statler

I'd be lying if I told you Olivia's loyalty to MSU was not a factor in her hiring interview, but we are also lucky to have her here because she can balance a bag of oranges on her head and we're not sure when but we just feel like that might come in handy someday.  When she isn't donating her time to improving the quality of life abroad in Africa, we get to have her here slinging drinks and giggling behind the counter.  Olivia is passionate about thinking about collecting b.may bags, kicking around soccer balls, and rigging chili cook-off events in favor of Brittany's cooking skills (PS Brittany still didn't win).

Favorite drink: cubano shots

Eric Gilkes

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Kat Edwards

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Erik Sangeorzan aka  "McRick"

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Lane Whitcomb

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Kaysi Jakeway

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Jess Edwards

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Isaac Wittenberg

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Ross Hooley , Studying in NZ but never forgotten! Ross moonlights full time here in the summer with us and we are honored to have him manage us as he is the ONLY employee with any type of business degree.  Ross may be the best milk steamer we've ever seen, but we feel most lucky when he schleps in his record player to fill the shop with Simon and Garfunkel tunes.  He might like fishing or getting lost in the woods or something but we aren't sure (read: we ARE sure and he LOVES those things).  Ross is passionate about Patagonia.com, banging on steel drums, and working with Becca & Brittany. Favorite drink: the North Perk

Ross Hooley , Studying in NZ but never forgotten!

Ross moonlights full time here in the summer with us and we are honored to have him manage us as he is the ONLY employee with any type of business degree.  Ross may be the best milk steamer we've ever seen, but we feel most lucky when he schleps in his record player to fill the shop with Simon and Garfunkel tunes.  He might like fishing or getting lost in the woods or something but we aren't sure (read: we ARE sure and he LOVES those things).  Ross is passionate about Patagonia.com, banging on steel drums, and working with Becca & Brittany.

Favorite drink: the North Perk

Marion Watson, Studying in Japan for a year but never forgotten! Matilda, I mean Marion, found us before we found her but had us intrigued from the moment we saw her to-do lists for the day (ask her about #11!) and after that we knew we had to hire her.  Marion is a self-schooled reading and writing fanatic (who should probably take over and re-write all the bios for us) and her meticulous attention to detail and interest in the way things work make her a natural barista.  She is a Grammy award winning concert pianist (or would be if they had that category) and despite her size can dig a hole the size of her brother in the backyard (don't ask).  Marion is passionate about wearing black and building robots, dancing carefree behind the counter when a rush hits, and tubular ice. Favorite drink: mocha

Marion Watson, Studying in Japan for a year but never forgotten!

Matilda, I mean Marion, found us before we found her but had us intrigued from the moment we saw her to-do lists for the day (ask her about #11!) and after that we knew we had to hire her.  Marion is a self-schooled reading and writing fanatic (who should probably take over and re-write all the bios for us) and her meticulous attention to detail and interest in the way things work make her a natural barista.  She is a Grammy award winning concert pianist (or would be if they had that category) and despite her size can dig a hole the size of her brother in the backyard (don't ask).  Marion is passionate about wearing black and building robots, dancing carefree behind the counter when a rush hits, and tubular ice.

Favorite drink: mocha

Lauren Miller Lauren has traveled the world and decided that northern Michigan is a pretty great place to be.  And as it turns out, she also decided that North Perk is a great place to be!  We are lucky to have her!  She greets everyone with a smile and has a talent for finding out what fun things are happening in our customers lives.  Besides her time spent behind the counter, Lauren also works hard to brainstorm & create fun community events in the shop, as well as seek out ways North Perk can collaborate and connect with other businesses and non-profits in the area.  Lauren is passionate about changing Brittany's favorite songs when they play, eating lots of green foods, traveling to faraway places, and french culture. Favorite drink:  iced matcha

Lauren Miller

Lauren has traveled the world and decided that northern Michigan is a pretty great place to be.  And as it turns out, she also decided that North Perk is a great place to be!  We are lucky to have her!  She greets everyone with a smile and has a talent for finding out what fun things are happening in our customers lives.  Besides her time spent behind the counter, Lauren also works hard to brainstorm & create fun community events in the shop, as well as seek out ways North Perk can collaborate and connect with other businesses and non-profits in the area.  Lauren is passionate about changing Brittany's favorite songs when they play, eating lots of green foods, traveling to faraway places, and french culture.

Favorite drink:  iced matcha

Sarah Grose Sarah tends to do most things around North Perk on her tippy toes - but you can't blame her as she was a ballerina her whole life!  Besides adding her gracefulness to the staff in the summers, Sarah has a knack for making even the most caffeine-deprived sleepy eyed customer smile.   We don't think we've seen her wear the same shoes twice, and then we learned her secret: she owns more than 70 pair!  In her spare time, Sarah is passionate about modeling & photography, researching the best types of pop-up campers to reside in, and transferring her ballerina energy into yoga poses. Favorite drink: Petoskey Fog (tea latte)

Sarah Grose

Sarah tends to do most things around North Perk on her tippy toes - but you can't blame her as she was a ballerina her whole life!  Besides adding her gracefulness to the staff in the summers, Sarah has a knack for making even the most caffeine-deprived sleepy eyed customer smile.   We don't think we've seen her wear the same shoes twice, and then we learned her secret: she owns more than 70 pair!  In her spare time, Sarah is passionate about modeling & photography, researching the best types of pop-up campers to reside in, and transferring her ballerina energy into yoga poses.

Favorite drink: Petoskey Fog (tea latte)

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Colleen Cesario

At the ripe young age of 15, Colleen had already mastered the fashion feat of wearing a flannel shirt around her waist and looking adorable instead of like an early 90s grunge rock groupie (for clarification see: everytime Brittany wears a flannel shirt around her waist).  In her free time, Colleen collects dinosaur stickers and raids her older sister's closet.  We are lucky enough to have Colleen as the second of the Cesario sisters and our only regret right now is that there aren't 1,000 of them because we would hire them all.  Colleen has a knack for connecting with customers young and old through her dry humor and infectious smile.  We find ourselves laughing more (and maybe even rolling our eyes more) when we work with her!

Favorite drink: strawberry-peach smoothie