The front of artist Sarah J Stanley's studio is an appropriately cool and stripped back conversion of a café, with well-crafted cakes, and a liberal ethos.
Local artist and musician Sarah J Stanley has turned the front of her Dennistoun studio into a hip little space for coffees, cakes, soups and toasties. It’s both artsy and artisan – abstract sketches on the wall, scribbles on tied-up brown paper packaging telling customers about ‘volos’ (vegan rolos), or gluten-free Oreo & cashew chocolate bars. Cakes such as sesame salted caramel shortbread, or milky bar and lime sponge, further back up the style with substance. Drip coffee is made with beans from Edinburgh roaster Mr Eion, and is typically accompanied with some pleasant conversation with the artist herself. Stan’s Studio is also Glasgow’s only ‘Pay What You Want’ café, with an egalitarian understanding that the good times will cover the bad. At Stan's, everything is in its right place.
- High point: The ethos
- Low point: Very limited for savoury options
- Notable dish: The gluten-free cake
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Open since: 2015
Reviews & features
Table Talk: Sarah J Stanley on why people want more coffee than they want art15 Jun 2016
How opening a coffee shop next to her studio helps Stanley get through the day
I'm ten years into a career that takes a long time to pursue, and a lot of energy to maintain belief in. Some of my skills lead to commercial gain, but most don't immediately, so like most professional artists or musicians, a large chunk of what I have…
When Food and Art Meet for Lunch14 Jun 2016
The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Year of Food and Drink have plenty to share
From primitive animals etched into cave walls to a bowl of fruit in a still life, food has long been a favourite subject matter in the art world. Currently, it's the ethics and practice of growing, cooking and eating that seem to be consuming people…