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Coffee shop on New York’s Fire Island celebrates Pride by giving back to community

FIRE ISLAND, New York – When it comes to New York’s Fire Island, the beach and community are great advantages, especially for gay community members who have taken refuge in Cherry Grove and the Pines.

Randy Lauwasser began his travels in Pines in 1985, and his husband, Jim Skicki, followed suit in 2003, when he and Randy began dating.

“I came out of the Midwest here and for me it was like a fairytale place,” Lauwasser said.

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, they headed to their home on Fire Island, where the idea for BeachBreak Coffee was born.

“Beach break is a term for surfing, it ‘s where the wave breaks over a dune and that’ s what we have here and also of course, it refers to a coffee break,” Skicki said.

Their beans are roasted in the savannah of Georgia and ground in their home on Fire Island with varieties named for the communities.

“We have a Pines that is from Guatemala, we have a Cherry Grove that is Colombian, we have a mix of Lighthouse Espresso,” Skicki said.

The products are distributed in a true Fire Island way.

“We distribute Fire Island up and down. I have my e-bike and it opened its distribution department,” said Lauwasser.

Due to some commercial restrictions on the island, they were not able to open the cafe of their dreams, but the shops outside and on the island have their product.

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This includes Denizen, which opened last summer.

“I love their branding. They have an incredible history, they have an incredibly rich business background with their know-how and they bring it to their new business,” said owner Ryan Espinosa.

Ryan Espinosa was happy to sell BeachBreak because it pays homage to the place he loves.

There is now a Pride edition, part of this month’s proceeds will help two artists staying on Fire Island.

“It gives us the opportunity to reciprocate the community, which is great,” Lauwasser said.

The NYC Pride March special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross with WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion, will return for the sixth consecutive year on ABC 7 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. μ. ET on Sunday, June. 26 as well as abc7NY.com, ABC News Live and ABC7 New York’s Connected TV on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming platforms

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