Evvy’s adds flavor to LP
La Porte has seen a boom in business in the past few years, and one popular addition has Evvy’s.
Evvy’s Coffeehouse, at 1103 Indiana Avenue, opened over the Labor Day weekend of 2021. It’s fun and trendy vibe and welcoming atmosphere have made it a go-to place in town. It was opened by Erin Harrell with her husband, Andrew whose goal was to bring a fresh and airy place to LaPorte’s community.
“My goal opening up a business was I wanted to contribute to a community that was a little bit more vibrant and a bit more walkable,” Erin Harrell said, comparing LaPorte to Los Angeles, where she grew up.
The Harrells originally set on opening up a coffee truck based around the South Shore Line Train, but once the pandemic started back in 2020, they were unable to continue with it.
The couple stumbled upon the idea of opening up a coffeehouse when Andrew, who is a real estate broker, found the property and decided to buy it to potentially rent the space out. After the pandemic hit, which had stopped them from continuing with the goal of the coffee truck, the idea sparked that they could turn their original idea into something more permanent.
They hit a few stumbling blocks along the way, as they were new to opening up a business. Over about 10 months, once they had realized the correct path, they were able to hit their stride.
“It was difficult in that I didn’t know exactly what the steps were, like what’s step one? I don’t know, I haven’t done it,” Harrell said.
Evvy’s offers a wide variety of items from homemade treats, locally-brewed fresh coffee, lunch, and packaged snacks. They are also inclusive when it comes to their products having diet-friendly items such as keto, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo. They also have merchandise that is available for purchase from them including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, tumblers, and candles.
The layout is inviting for people seeking a variety of different spaces whether they are looking to read a book, have a chat with a friend, or even go outside to enjoy LaPorte’s seasonal weather.
“I just wanted it to be really light and fresh and vibrant, and on a sunny day it really pulls it off,” Harrell said.
All of their branding and interior design comes from the Harrell family. The interior design was all done by Harrell herself, who said she decorated with stuff that she found and would have wanted in her own home. Even the name Evvy itself stems from their daughter.
They were thinking of things that inspired them and thought of their daughters Madeline, their oldest, and Evelin, their youngest. Originally, they thought of calling it Madeline’s but decided it just didn’t feel right, so they decided to look into Evvy, their nickname for Evelin. After looking into the meaning behind the name they saw that it meant “life” in old Hebrew. This was perfect for their vision because it represented what they wanted the coffeehouse to represent–the joy of life.
“We just wanted it to be a place where you can go meet with a friend, read a book, sit in the backyard, and bring your kid. It’s baby-friendly and wheelchair accessible. We just wanted it to be a place that was accessible to everybody to just take a second and breathe,” Harrell said.
Evvy’s has brought a fresh aesthetic to LaPorte’s community. Join them at 1103 Indiana Ave. from 6:00 to 2:30 on weekdays and 8:00 to 2:30 on weekends. Follow Evvy’s on Facebook or Instagram and stay updated on Evvy’s hours, as they are looking into extending their hours.