WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — If you've ever been to a hip, independent coffee shop, you probably didn't go to one in a hospital setting.
"When you walk in here, it's very light and bright, but it's also a hospital," said Tara McCoy, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. "When you walk in there, you feel like you are going to Clematis Street, going to their shop."
McCoy was referencing Subculture Coffee on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. She said she wanted to create a nook, a hideaway, a place of respite within the walls of the hospital.
"You don't think about putting what we do in a hospital," said Sean Scott, owner of Subculture Coffee.
But it had to be the right fit.
"We've been here for nearly a hundred years," said McCoy. "Knowing the Subculture team and the commitment to the city. It's the right partnership. It's the right community feel that we have now."
She turned to the guys from Subculture Coffee. Scott was on board to create the Coffee Lab. It's a play on words and for him, it's a personal connection.
"I would've been here three times a day when I was with my mom," Scott said. "My mom got cancer, so I spent a lot of time in a hospital. She ended up dying."
He now works to create a space of peace now in a hospital setting.
"There's obviously a need for good coffee but also just the sense of calm coffee spaces bring for families," said Scott.