Posted on May 18, 2017 by Erica Nichols
If there’s anything Savannah knows how to do right, it’s coffee and art, and the locally loved Foxy family opened a new location that provides Georgia’s First City with the perfect combination. Henny Penny Art Space & Café is the latest venture for Foxy Loxy owner Jennifer Jenkins, and the first collaborative space with the Scribble Art Studio, where parents can meet over coffee and treats, while their kids can get their Picasso on.
For Jenkins, the next-in-line behind the popular Foxy Loxy and Coffee Fox, started as a hunt for a new location for her bakers.
“When we first started out at Foxy Loxy, we only had one baker, a small case to fill, and it was all very manageable,” she said. “But we’ve grown a lot since then and co-owner and baker, Anjel, and I realized we needed to find a bigger space.”
In Savannah, the “feel” of a place is just as important as the food and drinks it serves. Finding a small space that felt right and also had a commercial kitchen was, according to Jenkins, “like trying to find a unicorn.” And after a year of searching, a miracle spot opened up near Forsyth Park on Bull Street and they grabbed it. The intent was to create a sibling to Coffee Fox, with a similar feel and menu, but with the new space came new ideas.
“It fits all of our needs, but it is so close to Foxy Loxy that I needed to figure out a way to differentiate it,” Jenkins said. And it was at this point that Scribble Art Studio’s Carrie Christian came into the picture with a refreshing solution.
“I knew Carrie from the Scribble Art’s shows held at Foxy every November,” she said. “About a year ago she wanted to create something that combined art programs with coffee, but she didn’t know how to go about it. When we got this place, I called her up to see if she was interested in collaborating.”
The answer was yes, and the two entrepreneurs got to work to craft a space that was half cafe, half young arts studio. This fusion was something that Jenkins and Christian felt that Savannah was missing.
“We’re both parents,” Jenkins said. “And we realized that there aren’t many places to go where there’s something for both parents and their kids.”
Although Henny Penny is technically split between Jenkins and Christian running their respective halves, it feels seamless and reflects Savannah’s supportive community. Two local businesses combine forces for a hangout for friends, parents and children, and with Foxy just down the street, to Jenkins it’s like “borrowing eggs and butter from your next-door neighbor.” If their bakers run out of something, or forget something, Foxy isn’t there to compete, but to simply support.
With a menu that includes Unicorn Hot Chocolate for kids and Horchata Latte Milkshakes for adults, Henny Penny is the youngest sibling of the Foxy franchise, and allows everyone who walks in the opportunity to just have fun and be creative. And eventually, said Jenkins, it will provide the bakers with an artistic outlet as well.
“Once we get our flow going, my hope is that our case here can be the bakers’ playground and creative test kitchen,” she said.
For Jenkins, a busy cafe is a happy cafe, but the most rewarding aspect of Henny Penny has been providing a stress-free environment for parents and children.
“My favorite days are Fridays, when Scribble Art puts on their Petite Picasso program,” Jenkins explained. “The kids all have easels and aprons, the tables are full, and there’s a nice hum and rhythm of happy families coming together.”
Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe is located at 1514 Bull Street and open Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call the cafe at (912) 328-5497.