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Lots to do and see: Sip This in Valley Stream

The Sip This coffee shop in Valley Stream.

The Sip This coffee shop in Valley Stream. (Sept. 29, 2011) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Although Sip This, a coffee shop in Valley Stream, is only about a month old, it's got lots in store – aside from the caffeine-powered beverages and sweet snacks lined up at the counter.

One of the most accessible options is open to musicians every day: The shop has an amp, microphone and speakers ready to go. Just call in advance to say you’d like to stop by and jam, and if there’s no one already scheduled or using the equipment, it is very likely you’ll get the go-ahead to play.

For aspiring mixers, Sip This holds a “BYOV” party: “Bring Your Own Vinyl.” Led by DJ Cash Lawrence, the event runs every first Friday starting at 9 p.m., with Lawrence entertaining the crowd with a DJ set produced strictly by spinning vinyl records – something all DJs once did, but today has been almost completely replaced by mixing programs on Mac laptops. Cash will step aside, however, for others interested in creating their own sessions; just show up with your discs and get to work.

Thursdays also feature a show of sorts by performer Lou Johnson, who is in-house every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Known as “The Magical Juggler,” Johnson does just that – juggling and using sleight-of-hand to keep the evening lively.

Then again, “lively” is no problem at this busy spot on Rockaway Avenue, as Sip This is often filled with a diverse crowd of many ages and different styles, from trendy to, well, just plain thirsty. There are also board games for patrons to play, and with art shows, comedy events and possible trivia nights mixed into the upcoming weeks, there’s a lot to see and do.

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