Sips menu reads like a whiteboard from Willy Wonka’s imagination. Sugar and caffeine charged confections in liquid and edible form are plentiful. But make no mistake, there’s so much more than coffee and soda at this joint.
For example, a “Dr. Brûlée” infuses soda with butterscotch and cream. The “Liger” description combines what sounds like the greatest flavored-mashup of summer with pineapple and tigersblood. Additional offerings include a host of frappés and blended drinks—with or without coffee—plus their signature energy drink concoctions like a “Java the Hutt.” A #CaffeineNation favorite, the Hutt boasts 265 mg of caffeine with a mix of Monster Mean Bean, a shot of espresso, caramel, vanilla and cream.
Iced tea infusions will make your mouth water with pairings like a blood orange + hibiscus black tea or a hand crafted juice blend like sparkling tropical punch with fruit purée or a fresh lemon or limeade. Pastries, muffins, cookies, scones and delectable breakfast sandwich options round out the myriad offerings.
Sips was the first of its kind in the South Davis, Utah community two decades ago. The brand weathered an economic recession in the early 2000s and has been able to adapt once again through the economic challenges of the pandemic. With the company already utilizing drive-through operations pre-pandemic, Sips revenues initially increased during the early days of shut downs, soft openings and the “new normal.”
However, current supply chain shortages and delays have meant some products being temporarily discontinued, which in turn has led to a decrease in revenue and sales for some areas. Inventory shortages are a very real and present challenge for the company, as well as finding and hiring new talent.
“Having a small business in a country that caters (e.g. government, social media, media outlets etc.) to large flashy big businesses is an extremely difficult endeavor,” Matthew Perry, owner Sips of Wood Cross explains, showcasing the importance of lending institutions like Utah Small Business Loan Fund (USBLF) for companies like Sips.
“To have access to monies/funds is the difference between solvency and insolvency, especially during difficult times,” Perry said. In the Fall of 2021, Sips was able to secure a loan from USBLF that provided crucial working capital to cover operating costs for their new location.
“It is hard to have our voices heard,” Perry continues, driving home the importance and impact of small businesses across the country. “…which is odd when you consider small businesses employ around half of the United States, and that percentage is continually dropping.” Perry says that more needs to be done to support smaller outfits. “It is imperative that small businesses have access to funds like the USBLF if we want to keep this vital segment of our economy alive.”
We’ll drink to that!
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2223 S Main St, Bountiful, UT 84010