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Inspiring Conversations with Marcus Sanchez of Window Coffee Bar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Sanchez.

Marcus, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Window Coffee Bar began with our passion for quality coffee and espresso. We craved something that stands out among popular chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’. We are one of Phoenix’s newest locally-owned coffee shops.

We pride ourselves in serving our customers next-level coffees, teas, and baked goods, all sourced from local vendors. We have a similar system as the “big guys” but on a much smaller scale. I feel especially proud of our business, though, because not only are we serving up great products; we are supporting local workers and interacting with the community, with our neighbors. We want anyone who visits Window to have options to choose from, so we proudly offer alternative milks as well as gluten-free and/or vegan food items. When you support our business, you are helping to support the community as well.

Our most popular drinks include the fresh-squeezed lavender lemonade, prickly pear tea, cold brew coffee, as well as iced lattes with unique flavors such as burnt cream, vanilla lavender, churro, and even the health-conscious mushroom chaga latte. We source amazing pastries such as homemade pop-tarts in flavors like raspberry prickly pear, brown sugar date, and blueberry lime (flavors you won’t find at other shops), as well as vegan donuts in raspberry pistachio, orange zest vanilla, and churro flavors. Other customer favorites include our gluten-free banana nut muffins and our increasingly-famous avocado toast.

Our space was created to be enjoyed with company, though we’ve also made it very easy to social-distance during the era of COVID-19. We want everyone to feel welcome at Window Coffee Bar, and this is reflected in our neon sign: COME AS YOU ARE.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We have faced many of the same obstacles and challenges as I’m sure most small-business owners face. The size of the space was challenging as we were designing the layout and flow, it was almost like tiny living. We really needed to utilize all of the space the most optimal way possible. When you start a small business one of the most challenging things can just be getting the word out that you are new and open for business. We do not have a huge marketing budget so fortunately the community has helped us spread the word through in-person referrals and social media platforms along with positive Google and Yelp reviews.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I would say our success stems from our creative food and drink options, our passion for great service and interaction, and most importantly, our amazing local vendors who help to make our business the wonderful place it is.

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Photo of Marcus + Homero in the window: Matt Le of Luxium Creative Marcus next to espresso machine: Todd Schrupp Photography

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