Though the shelves lined with dog-eared novels are long gone, fans of Hyde Park Books will find a memento to the used book store in the new coffee shop that occupies 1507 N. 13th Street. Hyde Perk repurposed those shelves and used them to cover the walls of the light and airy café.
“It was a six-month renovation,” said co-owner Crystal Clark. “It was a lot of work, construction-wise, to get it torn down and put back together.”
Hyde Perk quietly opened its doors on December 10. The space features large front windows that let in streams of light, along with tables topped with repurposed wood. There’s also a large black and white mural of 13th Street by artist Sarah Terrell and framed chalkboards for kids to doodle on.
“I just really want a comfy, welcoming environment; Cozy for everybody,” said Clark. “I don’t care if it’s moms with kids—I have a kids' corner—or if it’s people studying in college, I just want everybody to be welcome.”
Clark owns the shop with her brother, Levi Jones, and father, Scott Jones. A long time barista, Clark relocated to Boise from Spokane, Wash. to open the coffee shop. Hyde Perk uses beans from Spokane roaster Waverly’s Coffee and makes an assortment of classic drinks—like lattes, mochas and Americano’s—on its La Marzocco espresso machine.
Besides coffee, the cafe also offers pastries and snacks from local artisans, including fresh-baked Heritage scones, Blue Feather Bakery handpies in flavors like lemon curd and mixed berry, Sweet Valley cookies and gluten-free treats from Amaru Confections.
Hyde Perk is open 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.