Higher Ground

Photographs by Thomas Mcgovern
Above: Dawn Vaccaro

As soon as Humbled Coffeehouse opened in October, social media blew up. Friends shared the news. Friends of friends made a point to visit. They came from as far as Wilton to welcome the news of a new, locally-owned neighborhood café with a collective “finally!”

For premium coffee lovers, this should not be surprising. While downtown has Lorca and Franklin Street Works, and Harbor Point has Granola Bar and nearby BonJo Roasters, the rest of Stamford is bereft of small cafés save for national chains. That is, until now.

Nestled between Belltown and Springdale, Humbled offers coffee from BonJo, delicious snacks (including Liz Sue Bagels!) and comfy seating that begs all to “come as you are” and stay as long as you like. Owner Dawn Vaccaro’s design aesthetic bears this out with distressed hardwood floors, an exposed ceiling, industrial lighting and crafty decorative elements that produce an edgy yet homey atmosphere. As a signature, Vaccaro decorated the space with signs, etchings, blackboards and merchandise bearing inspirational words and phrases such as “blessed,” “it’s all good,” “grateful,” “my cup overflows with blessings,” and, of course, “humbled.”

In a show of support to everything local, Vaccaro, a Stamford native, plans to launch weekly pop-ups for local merchants and host acoustic performances by local musicians. “Humbled was a vision five years ago…and now a reality,” she says. “I wanted people to feel inspired and innovated, [wanted to] introduce something new to the community [and] bring back something old. Having great coffee is a triple bonus.”



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