An Opening! Kith & Co. Coffee Shop and Cocktail Bar in Oakland Park

The vivid blue Butterfly Latte has quickly become a Kith & Co. favorite.EXPAND
The vivid blue Butterfly Latte has quickly become a Kith & Co. favorite.
Photo by Jesse Scott
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Want to know what it's like to open a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic? Just ask the ownership trio behind Kith & Co. The Oakland Park coffee shop/cocktail bar/eatery hybrid made its debut in Switchbox Coffee Roasters' old location on April 26. The opening is the culmination of years of collective coffee prowess, months of remodeling, and a few weeks of coronavirus-related pause.

"The pandemic certainly affected our timeline," says co-owner Mikaela Schipani. "We had gone through the interview process and hired a full staff, but then COVID got serious right after we hired everyone. So we had to take a few weeks and, during that time, took the precautions needed to ultimately keep our employees and everyone safe."

Schipani and business partners Joel Carpenter and Monique Huntington Keitz had worked together at another South Florida coffee institution and wanted to create something that was truly their own. They acquired the Switchbox space late last year, then began remodeling.

"We want to be a one-stop shop, whether by day or night, for our community," Schipani says. "We want to learn our customers' names and get to know them. This is a big neighborhood, so we've been introducing ourselves where we can. We consider the hospitality aspect to be a huge part of this."

An eye-popping, new La Marzocco espresso machine greets Kith & Co. customers.EXPAND
An eye-popping, new La Marzocco espresso machine greets Kith & Co. customers.
Photo by Jesse Scott

The Kith & Co. vibe is cozy, welcoming, and speakeasy-esque, with bursts of green and gold throughout, accented by multicolored floral arrangements. Anchoring the coffee bar is a beyond-snazzy green-and-gold La Marzocco espresso machine and two sleek white Nuova Simonelli bean grinders.

The corner where Switchbox's massive roaster was housed is now an intimate cocktail bar whose menu includes concoctions like the Thoroughbred (spiced rum, sparkling wine, lime and pomegranate juices, bitters, and cane sugar).

On the coffee front, Kith & Co. serves a variety of Counter Culture blends and single-origin coffees. Drinks include cappuccinos ($4.50), lattes ($5), and a brilliantly blue Butterfly Latte ($5) finished with some of the most precise latte art you'll see anywhere. (The Butterfly is a caffeine-free drink that's made with pea flower powder, house-made vanilla simple syrup, and the milk of your choice.)

The menu is a work in progress that so far includes a variety of waffles, quiches, flatbreads, and baked goods. There's also a weekly produce basket on offer, priced at $30. In addition to curbside pickup, Kith & Co. offers delivery via Uber Eats.

"The first day we opened, it was very busy," Schipani says. "We've been so grateful for the community support thus far and traffic has been consistent. We know a lot of people were waiting for something to go in this space and here we are."

Kith & Co. 3446 NE 12th Ave., Oakland Park; 954-999-0662; kithco.coffee. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Market basket orders must be placed by 4. pm. Thursday for Saturday pickup.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.