Sponsored by St. Jacob Orthodox Parish here in Bend, we envision a warm, inviting atmosphere built around coffee and books, with an “Eastern Christian Ethos”. Agia Sophia provides a place where people can:
- enjoy the best coffee, tea, warm and cold drinks with ‘eats and treats’
- just hang out and enjoy an atmosphere that has that ‘subtle something’ that warms the heart
- engage in casual conversations and contemplation, enjoy our curated collection of new and used books
- discover timeless wisdom through our collection of the Classics of Literature, Religion, Philosophy, History, the Arts, and local favorites.
We look forward to offering small events, classes and study groups; turning hearts and minds to the contemplation of the more profound things in life.
Fr. Anthony in Colorado Springs answered this same need more than ten years ago when he established the first Agia Sophia Coffee and Books concept, which became known as “the Best of the Springs” for seven years in a row. We will continue the tradition of Agia Sophia in Central Oregon.
With a successful model as our guide, and the opportunity to keep a curated selection of the historic The Open Book offering, we launched the Agia Sophia initiative in early 2019, with a target to opening in the fall of 2019. To keep up with the unfolding story, follow us here on our Coffee News Blog, or through social media.