Reading the menu at Tipsy Coffee House, it’s clear that owner Kim Sostman knew what she was doing when she named the business.
Coffee mixed with Kahlua and Bailey’s. Truffles infused with schnapps and Goldschlager. Chocolate shells filled with Grand Marnier and amaretto.
All aboard the Tipsy train.
“I’m all for spoiling ourselves,” Sostman said. “It’s good for you, in moderation.”
After a successful first year, Sostman plans to secure a second location and remodel the coffeehouse at 6496 Medical Center St., Suite 102, with a pour-over coffee station and a library.
“We’re trying to open another location right now, but it’s been difficult because we want to find the right space,” Sostman said. “We’re constantly tweaking things to make sure it’s perfect when we open.”
Although the Tipsy brand items contain alcohol, Sostman said the candies aren’t designed to be overpowering.
“If you taste them right after I make them, you can definitely taste the alcohol, but it slowly dissipates,” Sostman said. “(The alcohol) preserves the cake and keeps it very moist and adds more flavor.”
According to Sostman, the truffles and liquor shells are filled with about a tablespoon or less of alcohol.
“We match up the flavor of the cake with an alcohol,” Sostman said. “We pair them for the best taste possible. It’s perfect for Las Vegas.”
Though the shop has about 15 staple flavors, Sostman said she makes seasonal and custom flavors throughout the year. She said she’s working on a Mardi Gras theme that should debut in late February.
“We’re always creating more as the opportunities come,” Sostman said. “We try to keep pace with the various holidays.”
Tipsy Coffee House was built from Sostman’s sweet dreams of perfecting baked goods for friends about five years ago.
“It took about a year of working on (the truffles) to change them from a traditional cake ball into my own recipe,” Sostman said. “Everybody seemed to really like them. All of a sudden I started getting clients.”
Sostman started receiving orders from the Sugar Factory, Leone Cafe at Tivoli Village and the Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, N.J., and Biloxi, Miss. She worked with local chocolatiers, including pastry chef Vincent Pilon, to perfect her recipes and techniques.
“They were really nice and wonderful people who were willing to help me,” Sostman said. “They had nothing to gain or lose from it. They’re already the best in the city, so I was no (competition) to them.”
However, not everything was sugarcoated. It took about 1½ years to secure a location for the coffee shop, Sostman said.
“It was during that peak where there was a lot of empty (retail) space, but no one was interested in leasing unless you were a big name,” Sostman said. “At the time, I had good orders, and the people (who leased us this spot) knew I had a business. Fortunately, they allowed me to come in here.”
Since opening, Sostman has tweaked the menu to add breakfast sandwiches and more flavors of candies and drinks.
“We’re learning as we’re growing,” Sostman said. “We’re learning from our mistakes and adding more things that people really like.”
Katherine Rodriguez, 38, discovered the coffee shop while taking her grandmother to the dentist nearby.
“I had some time to kill while I waited for my grandmother, so I stopped to get a coffee,” Rodriguez said. “I noticed they put some alcohol in their candies, so you know me, I had to try it.”
Rodriguez said she now offers to take her grandmother to the dentist just so she has an excuse to stop by the shop.
“I heard the flavors are named after the people who come up with the idea,” Rodriguez said. “I won’t share any of my ideas just yet, but I’m determined to be on that menu.”
Tipsy Coffee House also sells nonalcoholic pastries, candies and drinks. The shop is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 702-754-1239. To order Tipsy Truffles, visit tipsy-truffles.com.
Contact Southwest/Spring Valley View reporter Caitlyn Belcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-383-0403.