After 20-plus years of working in customer service, Natalia Nazarewicz was ready to move onto something bigger—something that would serve as an outlet for her creativity.
It was not until her husband, Bronson Holbrook, became inspired by a New York trip, that the idea of opening an independent coffee shop in their hometown came about. It was not the kind of creative field Nazarewicz was used to. She earned a degree in fashion design and merchandising and had spent time working for major brands. However, it was just the change she and Holbrook were looking for.
“I had no idea that I was going to be opening a coffee shop, but that’s life, right?” Nazarewicz says.
Their Press Coffee debuted in 2014 and the couple have since curated a café with a small but traditional menu and a trendy interior that draws customers to linger while they enjoy their drink. Nazarewicz says they take pride in carefully selecting their roasters and in creating a friendly atmosphere that matches the cheery interior. “I’m a chatterbox. I know I make my own connection with customers, but we have always had an amazing staff that has done the same,” she says. They plan to open a second location this year.
Despite her new career in coffee, Nazarewicz held on to her passion for fashion and retail. She creates jewelry using repurposed stones through her NAT+NAZ line, and in July 2020, she opened Mint Vintage right down the street from Press at the Boardwalk on Broadway. There, she loves helping locals find new treasures at affordable prices. “Nothing gives me more joy than seeing people be like ‘What? It’s only that much?’” she says.
The shop is an outgrowth of her own hobby of collecting antiques and estate jewelry and carries home décor, accessories, estate jewelry and products from her own jewelry line plus those of other makers, including Chauncey and Coco and Ornamental Things jewelry.
Owning multiple businesses may bring an added layer of stress but Nazarewicz says she wouldn’t trade it. “It is a stress that I enjoy,” she says.
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