The term “Southern Funk” embodies the essence of Spokane’s new downtown coffee shop, Hey Y’all. This ‘70s-inspired, groovy shop offers more than just your average cup of joe.
With housemade syrups, Hey Y’all gets creative with their drinks. The most popular pick-me-up is the Honeysuckle Rose Latte, a floral drink with a caffeine kick. Topped with rose petals and perfected latte art, going to this spot will make you feel like you’re treating yourself.
“Yes, this a coffee space. Yes, this is a retail space. But it really is a place that values art and creativity. I love that,” said Sarah Emery, a barista at Hey Y’all.
Hey Y’all opened on Feb. 5, and the team is excited to see where this year will take them.
As soon as you walk in, there is glitter, fringe and ‘70s music. Livening up the space, the decorations make you feel like you’re from a different time. This welcoming environment took some time and thought.
“We wanted to curate a space that is fun to be in,” said Kryston Skinner, co-owner and retail manager of Hey Y’all. “I love being here. It doesn’t feel like a job. It’s so fun. I can’t be angry in here.”
This location doesn’t only provide Spokane with delicious coffee. Hey Y’all focuses on promoting local artists by showcasing and selling their work. Art and creations from jewelry to T-shirts to face masks to stationary, there is something for everyone. Many of the items in the shop are also made by the employees themselves.
Hey Y’all’s candles are made by Skinner. The molds are unique, and you can’t get these candles anywhere else in Spokane.
In the corner of the shop, there is a make-your-own journal station. With custom made stamps from local artist Cassie Byington, and decoration supplies, customers can make a journal for just $10. It’s a stationery lover’s dream.
“We want to support local business,” Skinner said. “It’s a mix of local pieces and pieces curated from other independent artists around the country.”
Skinner and her partner, Austin Estrada, own the location. They knew they wanted to create a Southern hospitality vibe because they are both from Texas. Skinner said that bringing that Texas culture to a place in the Pacific Northwest is something that they have always wanted to do.
The pair originally opened this location as a little bar called Lil Sumthin’ Saloon in 2019, but they had to pivot and change their angle after having to close due to COVID-19. They decided that merging worlds of coffee, retail and cocktails would work for them.
Hey Y’all’s take-home cocktail kits have everything you need to make drinking at home a luxurious experience. Their Valentine’s Day special was a “Love Punch.” The kit included light rum, oat milk, hemp milk, rose, spices and rosemary.
Follow their Instagram @hey_spokane for updates on seasonal cocktail kits and more.
Visit Hey Y’all and receive a 5% discount with your GU ID. The shop is located at 301 W. 2nd Ave., and its hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. everyday.