Shipping and coffee were the twin pillars of every great civilization—and caused the ironic downfall of Rome when hordes of Visigoths mailed themselves to the capital and clubbed its citizens with sacks of espresso beans. Keep America from sinking into the sea by combining the two with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of organic coffee, shipping, and more at Sip & Ship, a one-stop shipping center that's also a full-service coffee shop. This Groupon is good for its locations on Market Street in Ballard and Greenwood Avenue in Greenwood.
Sip & Ship's ship-and-sippers can buy their parcels a ticket out of Seattle with Sip & Ship's expert packaging services ($6 for a packed 6”x6”x6” box), ship it hassle-free, then come back later to receive a reply package—the shop is an authorized receiving location for FedEx, UPS, and DHL. Sip & Ship's friendly staff can also gift-wrap presents (starting at $4.75) so that Grandma can excitedly unwrap her new Twilight boogie board when it's delivered. This comes in especially handy for last-minute shoppers, who can snag a stylish local T-shirt, mug, or jacket on-site, along with a wide assortment of cards for every occasion from "Thank you" to "Get well soon from your freak javelin accident."
After finally firing their priceless collection of antique packing peanuts toward its end zone, postal quarterbacks can reward themselves with a cup of organic, farm-direct coffee, featuring fresh, locally roasted espresso. The sipping end of Sip & Ship brews up a full array of hot and iced espresso drinks, green chai teas, and fruity Italian sodas. Stubborn shippers who insist on waiting in the store until their package receives a reply can stay nourished with homemade scones and cookies, seasonal soups, and sandwiches for both breakfast and lunch. Relax within Sip & Ship's spacious, tasteful coffee shop, surf on the café's free WiFi, and renew your pen-pal relationship with a Turkmenistan totalitarian with today's Groupon.
Sip & Ship was a 2009 recipient of a Mayor's Small Business Award. Yelpers give the Greenwood Avenue North location an average of four stars. Six Citysearchers give the Ballard location a 4.5-star average, and 71% of nearly 80 Urbanspooners recommend it.
- I love this place. It's so great to avoid the long line at the Post Office. Plus, it's family owned. – eric b., Yelp
- I have many out of town friends and family and when it's time to send someone a gift I can stop by the sip and ship, find a gift, have them wrap it up beautifully and ship it for me. – mariac, Urbanspoon
- The staff is one of the most friendly I've encountered. – franciscomontalvo, Citysearch
Sip and Ship
Long waits and harsh lighting are just two inconveniences that can plague a standard trip to the post office. The process leaves little room for relaxation, let alone time to kick back and enjoy a freshly made latte. That's what Sip and Ship hopes to remedy. The family-owned business combines two different worlds—the post office and a coffee shop—into an operation that runs as smoothly as its coffee goes down.
The process is both friendly and simple: customers bring in items they need to send far away, such a piece of art, an old-fashioned letter, or a cursed monkey's paw. The Sip and Ship team wraps, packs, and ships it—all while customers wind down with organic, locally roasted drinks and homemade cookies and scones. In between all the sipping and shipping, customers can squeeze in some shopping, too; the store stocks its shelves with bottled wine, bath products, and even children's toys.