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Check out 'The Coffee House'

When you're a teenager, there are few things as important as having a good hangout place. Well, rejoice, fellow adolescents, because there is a new place for us to spend our weekends.

The Coffee House, located at 5005 Sheridan Drive, is a brand-new coffee shop opened just for teenagers. It was opened by the Amherst Youth Foundation, which started working on getting it ready this past July. The Amherst Youth Foundation did all they could to raise money for the opening, from selling Starbucks gift certificates to getting businesses to have donation boxes for them. And now it is finally ready.

But don't write this place off just because it isn't Starbucks or Higher Grounds. The grand opening for the Coffee House was Friday and featured a Battle of the Bands. And if you ask any of the 100 or so teens who attended the explosive grand opening, they'll tell you that this place can definitely hold its own against its competitors.

"It's something new and exciting," says Jake Erenstoft, a freshman at Williamsville North High School who attended the opening. "I think it's a great place to hang out, and the entertainment was awesome." Harley Ludwig, also a freshman at North, adds that "the atmosphere is exciting and intense." If you attended the opening of the Coffee House, you can't help but agree with them. It has a very chilled out and inviting atmosphere which is perfect for teens, with lots of comfy couches, bright lighting, and a big-screen TV. There is a large "auditorium" room, which served as a host to the Battle of the Bands.

Not to mention the prices are certainly better than most other places, with coffee and tea at only $1, lattes at $2, and smoothies at $3 or 4. Also on the menu are brownies, pizza, hot chocolate, and baked chicken fingers. Not only is the clientele kept on the younger side, but all the employees will be between ages 17 and 25.

And of course, we can't forget the Battle of the Bands. The Battle of the Bands lasted through the entire duration of the opening, catering to a large and enthusiastic crowd that couldn't help but constantly form mosh pits. It brought about many different bands, all presenting many different types of music, ranging from punk to rock to reggae. In the end, the band Exotic Aquatic came in third, Lucky Charms came in second, and South High School's LFX won first place.

But don't just think this place will be nothing more than a short-lived fad. The staff is already has big ideas for the future. They have plans to feature regular open mic nights, video game competitions, and possibly more band performances.

With all this, you can expect the Coffee House to become a very popular place for teenagers, and also expect it to be around for a long time. The Coffee House definitely stands out.

The Coffee House

5005 Sheridan Drive

Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Jason Silverstein is a freshman at Williamsville North.

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