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Sip, the popular local coffee shop chain with cafes in Crown Point, Highland and Cedar Lake, will try out a smaller format at its newest location in Munster.

A Little Sip will open in the Hammond Clinic on Calumet Avenue in Munster, just south of the Borman Expressway and the Hammond border. The counter-serve coffee shop will cater to patients, doctors and anyone looking to grab a coffee on their commute.

“It’s as soon as you walk in,” Sip owner Rhonda Bloch said. “It’s right there to the right. We normally have a big space, so it will be challenging to do a smaller space. I’m interested in what it will be like in the business aspects. There won’t be much waste with the inventory.”

The Munster Sip will offer a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as juices and smoothies. People will be able to get lattes, frappes, iced coffee and hot tea. The food menu will be limited to grab-and-go items like bagels, croissants, donuts and fruit salads. 

Block had been eyeing the spot for some time and recently worked out a deal when the space became available.

“Patients, doctors, nurses, so many people pass by there in the morning,” she said. “I see them pass by with Dunkin, Starbucks and McDonalds cups and know many would prefer local coffee if they had access to it.”

It may appeal to commuters on their way to Chicago.

“We’re hoping for that,” she said. “It’s very accessible. You can just park and run in the door and see us right there.”

It will replace a coffee shop that closed in the Hammond Clinic.

“It just served drip coffee,” she said. “They weren’t really into coffee, which makes it hard to do a local coffee shop well. Plus COVID hit.”